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Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

New York-Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has warned that extremism and sectarian terrorism sponsored by Iran in the region has created and will create a terrorism that will be counter to that.

Speaking in New York at the U.N. General Assembly, Hadi said the terrorist and fierce attacks that rebels were committing against the Yemeni people would feed on the other terrorism.

“I am here to announce in the name of all the Yemeni people our complete commitment to face terrorism and I assert to you that terrorism in Yemen cannot be stopped without putting an end to its reasons: essentially the counter-terrorism sponsored by Houthis and Saleh,” he said.

Hadi accused Iran of blocking peace by supporting Houthi rebels. “We shall extract Yemen from the claws of Iran, we shall raise the Yemeni flag over every foot of our precious soil,” the Yemeni president said.

He added that Iran paralyzes all Yemeni government measures by a multitude of actions and meddling.

Speaking about his decision to move the Central Bank from Sana’a to Aden, Hadi said: “Rebels and militias had transformed the bank into one of the tools of war used against the Yemeni people. Therefore, we decided to move the Central Bank to the interim capital of Aden in order to save what we can save from the reserves.”

Last Sunday, Hadi issued a directive to move the headquarters of the bank from the capital Sana’a to Aden, and appointed former Finance Minister al-Kaiti as head of the bank after sacking Dr. Mohammed bin Hamam.

Hadi reiterated the Yemeni government’s commitment to secure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid to all the country’s provinces, without any exceptions.

“We call for the support of the free world and its monetary institutions in order to stand by us, and save the Yemeni economy,” which he said “is about to collapse.”

Yemeni sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the government is planning to present five cases to the U.N. Security Council in the coming days over Iran’s direct and indirect interference in Yemeni affairs.

According to the sources, these issues include: The presidency, the economic and military files, the funding of terrorism and the case of legitimacy.

Tension escalated in Yemen when Hadi was sent into exile, after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his Houthi supporters seized Sana’a in 2014.