RIYADH- The Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal has rejected calls for an end to aggression against Yemen, and said that the attacks were meant to help out Hadi’s government.
Saud al-Faisal said Sunday Riyadh and its allies have launched airstrikes on Yemen to help what he called the country’s legitimate authority, a reference to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
He said that Riyadh and its allies had launched airstrikes on Yemen to help what he called the country’s legitimate authority, a reference to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. It is worth mentioning that more than 700 people, including 200 children have been killed in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Yemen.
Faisal expressed these views while addressing a press conference with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, in the capital Riyadh here on Sunday. The comments came in response to repeated calls by Iran and some other countries urging the kingdom to stop its unlawful military aggression against Yemen.
Faisal claimed that the Saudis are “fighting alongside a country that has asked” for help against the Ansarullah fighters, whom Faisal described as those trying to “occupy” Yemen, and owed to press ahead with the military aggression until Hadi is reinstated.
The Saudi bombing attacks on Yemen began on March 26 without a warning or UN mandate, in what experts believe is a futile effort to restore power to the former fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who Riyadh considers as a close ally.
The Saudi minister repeated allegations that Tehran is backing the Houthi revolutionaries, saying ironically that “Unless Iran thinks it has suddenly become part of Yemen, we are not at war with Iran.”
The Saudis accuse Iran of interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs, a claim Tehran vehemently denies.
It may be noted here that Pakistan has also rejected the idea of Arab Kings to join Saudi Arab-lead campaign against Yemeni revolutionaries demanding democratic election process in the country against the Hadi’s dictatorship.