Houthi spokesman: Unilateral Arab League declaration falsely issued

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-31 | Since 4 Month

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The closing "unilateral, authoritative monarchic declaration" issued by Arab League (AL) extraordinary summit in Mecca has been "falsely introduced under Arab façade," Houthi spokesman has said.

The declaration "has been announced to express the Kingdom's attitudes without caring for participants or considering their opinions," Mohamed Abdul Salam added in statement, citing the Iraqi president's objection for not being involved in its wording.

President Borham Saleh said, "while Iraq condemns and act threatening Saudi and Gulf security, I want to say we have not participate in wording the closing declaration."

Houthi statement dismissed the summit as "farce", at which "Saudi problems were exclusively presented and the nation's concerns were absented .. Where Palestine and Quds?"

Abdul Salam accused Saudi Arabia of waging war while asking others to protect its security. "Yemeni people is in the position of self-defense and prepared for serious, responsible dialogue."

The AL declaration condemned the "terrorist" acts carried out by Houthis against Saudi Arabia and ships off Emirati coasts.

It also denounced the persistent firing of Iranian-made ballistic missiles on Saudi lands and the Iranian continuous support for Houthis against the Yemeni legitimate government.

Missiles fired from Yemen on Saudi territories threaten Arab national security, and the Kingdom has the right to defend its lands, the declaration read confirming AL support for measures taken by Saudis against such assaults under international law.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi,leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.

Houthis sporadically fire ballistic missiles on Saudi territory "in reply to coalition airstrikes that target Yemeni civilians and infrastructure," while Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of providing Houthis with such missiles.

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