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Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. Lucas Jackson / Reuters

New York – Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said the legitimate government has depleted all peaceful means to prevent the rebels from implementing Iran’s expansionism plans in the region.

“We are ending our third year of the war imposed on our country by the Houthis,” Hadi said at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

“The rebels have swept the cities of Yemen and taken the entire country hostage while implementing an Iranian strategy” in the conflict, he added.

Violence and destruction perpetrated by Houthi militias in Yemen are fully supported by Iran, Hadi stressed, accusing the Persian State of working to destabilize the region “by supporting groups that are out of control.”

“Sustainable peace cannot be achieved unless Iran stops interfering in the affairs of the region,” he noted.

Hadi reiterated his keenness to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis in order to establish peace in the country.

“I reaffirm […] our readiness to stop the war and reach peace; we are not advocates of war or revenge, but advocates of peace and harmony,” Hadi told delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate, stressing that he will continue, to “extend my hand to sustainable peace because we feel our full responsibility for all our steadfast Yemeni people.”

The Yemeni President expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia and said that it has a leading role in relieving the humanitarian crisis through its ongoing support from the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Relief (KSRELIEF).

He also declared the legitimate government’s readiness “to provide all necessary facilities for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas of Yemen from Saada to Mehra, especially to the areas which are under the control of the rebels.”

Hadi called on the UN to force the rebels to implement UN Security Council resolutions in order to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all the areas of the country.