Cairo- Houthi and pro-Saleh (ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh) were jumbled and in shock after their defeat in Taiz. The Insurgent militias had lost due to a swift unpredicted military action conducted by the National Army and Popular Resistance supported by the Saudi-led Arabian coalition. The battle also determined that the, formerly imposed by insurgents, barricade being broken down and lifted off of Taiz.
Upon Houthis defeat, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi confirmed that current developments are of utmost significance. He pointed out that the National Army forces are approaching Sana’a.
Al-Mekhlafi also described the relationship joining both Houthis and ousted President Saleh to resemble a love affair among serpents, which is bound to end with disaster.
In an Interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, FM al-Mekhlafi said that “Taiz is wining, and the besiegement has been lifted off of its western gates, and it is well on its way to be completely freed.
“The reason behind its liberation being delayed is because of Houthi and pro-Saleh militants being committed towards the clashes carrying on; since they know that the battle of Taiz is an outcome defining one. Seeing that, they sent large numbers of brigades and forces to barricade the zone, however, they failed. As for Sana’a, increased efforts are being spent for its liberation… pro-legitimacy forces are approaching the capital city and battles continue.”
The Yemeni FM revealed that the insurgents’ states of affairs, and their chances of enduring on battlefields, are over. With all that being said, the militias have been forced to attempt on deluding Saudi Arabia and the international community by promoting alleged negotiations.
However, FM al-Mekhlafi said, “We are prepared to resume negotiations which the U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed sets their date before the end of this month.”
He also exposed the extent of Iranian intervention in Yemen, confirming that evidence condemning its involvement and support to the insurgency shows up on a daily basis. Iran has been granting Houthi and pro-Saleh combatants with both financial and artillery provision.