Yemen’s Ansarullah rejects talks in Saudi Arabia, welcomes Hadi’s resignation – world news

When Yemen’s exiled former president officially announces his resignation, the Yemeni resistance movement Ansarullah says the move has deprived the United Nations of its excuse to continue supporting the aggressors in the seven-year Saudi-led war.

Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s sham government is over, Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said on his Twitter account Thursday night, PressTV reported.

“The development has disproved allegations by the countries that attacked Yemen under the pretext of confronting coup plotters against it,” Abdul-Salam said.

He added: “The international community and the UN no longer have an excuse to continue using the term ‘internationally recognized Yemeni government’ to massacre the Yemeni nation and impose a strict siege on the Arab land.”

Abdul-Salam also criticized Saudi Arabia-hosted talks on the Yemen conflict, saying the Arab country’s future will be determined only by the Yemeni people.

“The Yemeni nation does not care about the talks sponsored by illegal parties. The only option for the Saudi-led peace-promoting coalition is to halt the attacks, lift their siege, and withdraw their forces. That being said, efforts to settle the conflict are nothing but desperate attempts to regroup mercenaries and use them to escalate tensions,” the Ansarullah spokesman added.

Ansarullah has already avoided the meeting in Riyadh hosted by the Riyadh-led Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, which included representatives of the Saudi-backed Hadi government and US special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking.

The Yemeni resistance movement insisted it would not travel to enemy territory for talks.

Earlier Thursday, Hadi had delegated power to a presidential council and fired his deputy.

“The purpose of this statement is to establish a Presidential Leadership Council to complete the implementation of the Transitional Tasks. I irrevocably delegate my full powers to the President’s Executive Council,” Hadi said on Yemeni state television.

Hadi also sacked Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a powerful military figure, and delegated Ahmar’s powers to the Presidential Council.

The presidential council is chaired by Rashad al-Alimi, an adviser to Hadi and a former interior minister in Ali Abdullah Saleh’s previous government. Alimi has close ties to Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islah party.

The council has seven members, including Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, the leader of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) – a UAE-backed umbrella organization of heavily armed takfiri fighters.

Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah, the Hadi-friendly governor of the energy-rich province of Ma’rib, was also appointed a member of the council. So does Tariq Saleh, a high-profile militant commander who has close ties with the UAE.

Last week, UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced a two-month ceasefire that took effect on April 2 and said the ceasefire could be extended with the consent of the parties.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the ceasefire “must be a first step to end the devastating war in Yemen” and called on the parties concerned to seize the opportunity to “resume an inclusive and comprehensive political process in Yemen”. .

The agreement would halt offensive military operations, including cross-border attacks, and allow fuel-laden ships to enter Yemen’s vital port of al-Hudaydah, as well as commercial flights to and from the airport in the capital Sana’a “to designated destinations in the region.” .”

Grundberg said the Saudi-led coalition had responded positively to the ceasefire proposal.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in cooperation with a number of its allies and with arms and logistical support from the US and several Western countries.

The goal was to restore the Hadi regime to power and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which runs state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has fallen far short of all its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the whole country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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