Yemeni protesters have staged a demonstration in the capital, Sana’a and saada demanding an end to foreign interference including Saudi Arabia in their country’s internal affairs.
Demonstrators accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of meddling in Yemen’s politics by supporting fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and al-Qaeda in this country.
The protesters also voiced support for the Ansarullah movement and other popular committees that have formed councils in a bid to fill a power vacuum left following Hadi’s resignation.Similar rallies have been held in the past weeks.
Saudi Arabia has approved Hadi’s proposed plan to host the country’s national dialogue in the capital Riyadh, instead of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, which is currently under control of the Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters.
The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council has said that Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi group will be invited to attend peace talks in Riyadh, but only if they recognize the “legitimacy” of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The Houthi movement has strongly condemned the Saudi offer, unequivocally refusing to participate in the talks.
Hadi stepped down in January, but the Yemeni parliament did not approve his resignation, which he later withdrew after leaving the capital. The Houthi movement, however, said Hadi had lost his legitimacy after escaping Sana’a.
The embattled Yemeni president fled Sana’a on February 21 after weeks under effective house arrest and went to the southern port city of Aden, where he said he would resume duties.
Recently, an aide to Hadi also quoted him as saying that he considers Aden to be Yemen’s capital.
Some Persian Gulf Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, have already relocated their embassies from Sana’a to Aden.
Yesterday thousands of Houthis fighters and other popular committee forces with Yemen army and security forces hold military exercises in the northern part of the country near the border with Saudi Arabia.
The drill in al-Buqa area, which lies in the Houthis’ home province of Saada, involves using different kinds of weaponry.