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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley testifies to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Advancing US Interests at the United Nations” in Washington, US, June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

New York – US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that her country had three goals in Yemen, including ending the Iranian intervention.

Her remarks came during a meeting on Tuesday with Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Yemen’s official news agency said that Hadi discussed with Haley “a number of issues and topics of common interest” and praised “strong relations” between his country and the United States and the strategic partnership in facing terrorism and the Iranian attempts to influence the region.

“The support of the United States is required to eliminate terrorism in its various forms, including terrorism of the Houthi and Saleh militias, which have swept the cities, killed children and women and displaced innocent people in an attempt to implement external agendas,” Hadi said.

Haley, for her part, said she was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, which came within the framework of strengthening aspects of coordination between the two countries in international forums.

“Today, we are working to achieve three goals (in Yemen): combating terrorism, ending Iranian interference in Yemen and the region, supporting the legitimate government and strengthening its work; and we will continue to support Yemen and we will not abandon it,” she said.

The meeting also touched on the humanitarian and relief aspects in the wake of the control imposed by militias on the port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport.

Also on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, a meeting was held on Monday to discuss obstacles facing the delivery of aid to Yemen.

On Tuesday, the assistant Secretary General of the Riyadh-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Political Affairs and Negotiations, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Hamad Al-Owaisheq, chaired the second Meeting for Donors Coordination Group on Yemen, hosted by the Secretariat General of the GCC in New York.

The group, which was established in July 2017, includes senior donors, with its chairmanship rotating among the GCC secretariat general, the European Union and the United Nations.

The meeting discussed humanitarian and developmental assistance offered by the GCC to Yemen through affiliated organizations and the United Nations over the last ten years.