Mar 25, 2021 08:34 UTC
  • US, European weapons companies profit from Yemen war: Sana’a

The spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says US and European arms manufactures are aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen as their weapons sold to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have served only to prolong the conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

“The positions of [the United States of] America, Britain, France and others on the Yemen crisis has to do with the fact that they view the country as a market for selling weapons,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam said in an interview with al-Masirah television network on Wednesday evening.

He said the Riyadh regime and its allies lack the determination to stop the Yemen war, and lift the air and sea blockade that has strangled Yemenis for the past six years.

“The failure of parties to the coalition of aggression to attain their goals has rendered stopping the [Yemen] war and lifting the siege a complete fiasco for them,” Abdul-Salam pointed out.

The Ansarullah spokesman went on to say that policies of the administration of new US President Joe Biden and those of his predecessor Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin.

“Washington’s positions differ from one administration to another in terms of media coverage and choice of words. There isn’t actually any change when it comes to the content of the statements,” he said.

Abdul-Salam added that his group is in contact with the United States through mediator Oman, and that Ansarullah does not see any problems in sitting with the Americans at the negotiating table as they are the ones directing the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen.

“We have, nevertheless, reservations whenever meetings are just for the sake of words but not actions,” he underscored.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Abdul-Salam pointed to the ongoing battle to liberate Ma’rib from the forces loyal to Saudi Arabia and the ex-Yemeni government.

“Ma’rib has been a conflict zone ever since the Yemen war started (back in March 2015). It has been used as a launch pad for attacks against the capital Sana’a, the northern province of al-Jawf and the central province of al-Bayda,” he commented.

The senior Ansarullah official also advised Saudi authorities to put an end to their military aggression and siege against Yemen to give Riyadh-Sana’a relations the chance to improve on the principle of good neighborliness.