Saudi Arabia has supported all efforts to reach political solution for the Yemeni crisis, Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) has said, as the kingdom cannot accept the presence of unofficial militias at its borders.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
Arab coalition operations in support of Yemeni legitimacy "commenced after the international community had used up all political solutions between Yemeni parties and Houthi militias," MBS added at interview published by the Saudi Asharq Al-Awsat paper on Sunday.
The "kingdom is leading the political solution, as she introduced the GCC Initiative, helped the Yemen's transition in 2011, supported the National Dialogue and provided more than $7 billion in economic and development aid for Yemen between 2012 and 2014," he said.
The Prince recalled his country's support for "all efforts to reach political solution for Yemeni crisis, but the Houthi militias, unfortunately, prioritize Iran's agenda over the interests of Yemen and its people," so "we'll continue our operations and support for Yemeni people efforts to protect their independence and sovereignty, whatever the sacrifices are."
"We've recently seen the Houthi terrorist, sinful attack on oil facilities and Najran airport, with Houthi leaders boastingly claiming [responsibility], which proves again these militias don't care for Yemeni people interests or any political approach to the Yemeni crisis' solution. Their acts reflect the priorities and needs of Tehran, but not Sana'a."
The kingdom aims, not only to "free Yemen from the Iranian militias, but also to achieve prosperity and stability for all Yemeni people," MBS added, asserting that and solution should be based on the "UNSC Resolution 2216, the GCC Initiative and the National Dialogue's outputs."
Yemen 4-year war has lefttens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced,triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.