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G18 Ambassadors: Rebels Actions Hinders Solution in Yemen | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A Yemeni man picks his way through rubble [Photo Credit: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]

Adan, Jeddah- Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Oil and Minerals Ahmed Salem Ba-Suraih uncovered a government plan to export three million barrels of crude oil whose revenues will be placed in the accounts of the Yemeni legitimate government.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Ba-Suraih hinted that revenues generated from the export of crude oil would not be transferred to the Central Bank, which the Yemeni government has stopped dealing with, two days ago.

Meanwhile, Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Asharq Al-Awsat in Jeddah that his country does not acknowledge the so-called Supreme Political Council in Sana’a, and considers it a unilateral act.

“Moscow supports the legitimacy in Yemen and its position would never change,” Bogdanov said.

The comments made by the Russian deputy foreign minister coincided with a statement issued Saturday by ambassadors of the group of 18 countries who said Houthi rebels were preventing peaceful solutions in Yemen due to their unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sana’a.

The ambassadors said: “The actions taken by elements of the General People’s Congress and the Houthis as well as their supporters are making the search for a peaceful solution more difficult by unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sana’a.”

The ambassadors added the Houthi actions were only increasing the divisions in Yemen and will not solve the political, economic, and security problems that are causing such widespread suffering throughout the country.

“We also express our concern about the escalation of violence and reiterate our call on all parties to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities,” the ambassadors said.

Meanwhile, rebels continued their escalatory and confrontational actions after head of the so-called Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad announced yesterday that rebels would soon announce their own government in Sana’a and a number of provinces.

On Saturday, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr had separately met with U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed as part of the envoy’s efforts to revive peace talks between warring parties.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the rebels’ delegation, which is still present in Oman, had refused under the recommendations of Sammad, to meet with Ould Cheikh.