Yemen siege must be removed without preconditions in order for peace to prevail: Houthi
A high-ranking Yemeni official has denounced Saudi Arabia and its regional allies over their blackmail-style tactics against his country, stressing the need for unconditional removal of the tight sea, land and air blockade on Yemen as the prerequisite for peace to prosper in the crisis-stricken country.
“The United States and its allies, who have besieged Yemeni people, have no right to accuse those opposing the occupation of Yemen of inflicting suffering upon the nation,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, Chairman of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Thursday.
“It would not be a sensible thing to besiege oneself, and unreasonably oppose the entry of basic commodities while no viable alternative is at hand. Yemen has been depending 99% on [commercial food] imports since the 1970s, causing its own suffering.”
Houthi highlighted that the key to lasting peace in Yemen lies in the removal of the brutal siege against Yemen which will subsequently end the suffering of ordinary people.
“Hunger and suffering should not be used as a weapon against the [Yemeni] nation in order to stop the Saudi-led coalition’s aggression,” he said.
Last month, the defense minister of Yemen’s National Salvation Government said Saudi Arabia and its allies can no longer determine the course of action since it is now the Yemeni army troops and fighters from allied Popular Committees that have the upper hand and are in a dominant position.
“Yemeni Armed Forces have a new military strategy, including readiness to defend national sovereignty and safeguard the nation’s fundamental issues in order to keep pace with national developments,” Yemen’s official Saba news agency quoted Major General Mohammad Nasser al-Atifi as saying on July 13.
“Yemeni forces have developed defensive and offensive capabilities at various tactical, training and armament levels. Such capabilities have enabled Yemenis to formulate effective policies and make sovereign decisions away from dependence and external tutelage. Sovereignty and pride are the fruit of patience, wisdom, sacrifice and national steadfastness.”