Speaking on the day of Yemen’s 25th anniversary of national unity, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his continued support for Yemen’s exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Yemeni people’s struggle against Iranian backed Houthi militias vying to take power in the country.
Reiterating statements he made in a correspondence with Hadi, Bouteflika stressed “Algeria’s support to the Yemeni people and his support to the steps aimed at laying the foundations of democracy and establishing constitutional institutions.”
“At the moment where the Yemeni people celebrate the 25th anniversary of their national unity, I am particularly pleased to extend to you, on behalf of the Algerian people and government, as well as on my own behalf, our heartfelt congratulations, as well as my best wishes for health and happiness to you, and more progress, security and stability to the Yemeni people,” he said.
“I remain convinced that the Yemeni people are wise and perceptive and will overcome the current crisis through a comprehensive and inclusive political dialogue which preserves the sovereignty and stability of Yemen and its territorial integrity and allows to its people to meet their aspirations for peace and tranquillity.”
“I pray God to help you to continue your efforts to build a prosperous future where the brotherly Yemeni people can enjoy prosperity and development,” he concluded.
Algeria, is an ally of the Yemeni government which has been operating out of exile due to ongoing clashes across the country.
Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband the Yemeni government in January.
Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape the country to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up office in the capital of Riyadh.
The Saudi Arabia led coalition made up primarily of Arab League states began conducting air strikes against Houthi targets eight weeks ago aiming to halt the Houthis’ advances towards Taiz and Aden, where government forces and loyalist forces continue battling the Houthis on the ground.