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Yemeni Government Appreciates Role of Arab Coalition in Protecting Yemen from Iranian Project | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A Saudi soldier stands guard at the international airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, July 24, 2015. Two Saudi aircraft landed at Aden bringing equipment needed to re-open the city’s airport four months after the Yemeni civil war shut it down. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

The Yemeni Government praised today the role played by the Arab coalition countries to protect Yemen from the Iranian project, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Ben Dagher said in a meeting with local authority leaders and the security and military committee in Hadramout valley and desert that his government needs to build the Yemeni state that was destroyed by Iran-allied Houthi militias and armed loyalists backing ousted president Abdullah Saleh, praising the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab alliance.

Earlier in July, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mekhlafi also hailed the Saudi-led Arab coalition that is combating militants in his country, saying that it has thwarted Iran’s ambitions in Yemen.

He said: “The coalition has prevented Tehran from expanding its influence in Yemen.”

Mekhlafi said that the cooperation between various Arab forces in the coalition have helped liberate 80 percent of Yemeni territories from the clutches of the coup militias.

The Yemeni people refuse to be governed by various militias that are being controlled by regional powers that seek to target Arab national security, continued the minister.

The militias do not recognize any commitments or responsibilities towards the people and they do not care for their suffering, Mekhlafi added.

Furthermore, he blamed coup practices for the spread of famine in the regions that are under their control. He also held them accountable for the destruction of infrastructure and the outbreak of diseases, most notably cholera.

For their part, the Arab diplomats voiced the keenness of their countries on the achievement of peace in Yemen, expressing their support for the legitimate forces in the country and hoping that security and stability are restored.