Riyadh- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir pointed out Sunday that coup militia’s refusal to accommodate international will and initiatives for peace in Yemen resulted in thwarting all efforts spent by United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Iran-aligned Houthis and armed loyalists backing ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh continue to object to turning in paramilitary arms and weapons.
Houthi leaders controlling Yemen’s capital called on the world body on Friday to not renew the term of U.N. envoy Ahmed, saying he had shown “lack of neutrality” and sympathy for a Saudi-led coalition that is fighting to reinstate Yemen’s internationally-recognized government.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the international body’s support for the Yemeni envoy Ahmed, saying that he receives undisputed support and is fulfilling his role with no bias.
“Our envoy has my full support and I believe that he is doing an impartial work, that he is doing it in a very professional way and independently of what other people may think, he has my full support,” said Guterres, while addressing a joint press conference with Jubeir.
Jubeir shed light on actions speaking louder than words, particularly that the Iran-backed insurgency has continued to prove its unwillingness to cooperate and endless pursuit to demoralize international efforts. At least 70 initiatives have coup militias had overturned.
“We made many agreements with Houthis and factions led by Ali Abdullah Saleh, but none of the agreements were implemented by them. The Kingdom and the GCC went ahead to help Yemen and its government within the framework of the article 51 of the U.N. charter,” said FM Jubeir.