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Yemeni President: Houthis Won’t Succeed in Imposing Iranian Experiment in Yemen | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside the cabinet headquarters in Sanaa – (AfP)

Riyadh – Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi confirmed that Houthi and Saleh militias can’t impose the Iranian experiment on Yemenis, adding that the whole world is with the legitimate government.

During his speech at a graduation ceremony of a batch of members of the resistance, Hadi said the government has a plan to enroll all members of popular resistance in training camps who will then become the new Yemeni army.

“We do not want war. We want peace. Houthis can’t force us the Iranian trial,” he told the graduates.

The president thanked the graduates for their efforts and wished them success. He addressed them: “You were able to defend your country and religion. I tell you: the whole world is supporting you; Islamic and Arab nations are beside you. We have a plane to include members of the resistance in training sessions to form the new army.”

Activist Refaat al-Zamky said that the failure of Iran’s experiment in Yemen is inevitable because Yemen can withstand no Persian or foreign projects aiming to change its social fabric.

Zamky, who is also the sec-gen of the Geneva-based Consultation Center for Rights and Freedoms, said that Houthis’ Iranian ideology is rejected in their stronghold city, Saada.

He added that on the humanitarian level, it is difficult and rather impossible to impose Iran’s ideas on Yemen because of certain practices that are rejected by the Yemeni society. He added that executions, suppression of freedoms, violation of human rights and torture are not accepted in Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition, and in cooperation with the legitimate government, is training thousands of soldiers of the new Yemeni army in addition to pilots on different combat methods at the Anad Airbase.

Coalition forces deployed troops of elite forces to train soldiers of the new army, as well as deploying a fleet of apaches and light combat helicopters.

Recently, an intensive training program was launched to form a new Yemeni air force in Anad. Yemeni pilots had previously launched several attacks on Taiz and al-Baydaa governorates to back the legitimate forces and the resistance.

Legitimate government led by Hadi thanked the Saudi-led coalition for the support and the training with best and most developed weapons and equipment.

Yemeni Defense Ministry spokesman Ali al-Bakali said that the army training would be done on three stages: field training in Yemen, advanced technical training in one of the Gulf countries, and military leaders’ training in countries of the coalition.

Bakali pointed out that new army’s first mission would be to ensure security and stability in all the governorates that have been liberated.