Yemen's Hadi says Iran pursuing destruction of his country

Yemeni president accuses Iran of pursuing destruction of Yemen, praises Saudi Arabia for leading aerial operations against Houthi rebels

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Yemeni President Hadi speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.

Yemeni President, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi accused Iran of pursuing the destruction of Yemen during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Hadi said “We find ourselves mixed in this battle, the fight for the country and the legitimacy of the state, to ensure that the country not fall into the hands of Iran, which would like to see the destruction of the country.”

He also praised Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz for leading an aerial operation to combat the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

“The response was a courageous one. The response of our brother, his majesty Salman bin Abdel-Aziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who acted with utter determination,” he said.

“On behalf of the Yemeni people I should like to convey sincere thanks to the King as well as all members of the coalition, who continue their efforts to assist the Yemeni people,” Hadi added.

Saudi Arabia set up a coalition to carry out air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen on March 2015, after Yemeni President, Hadi was forced by the militants to flee his country and go into exile in Saudi capital Riyadh.

Dust rises from a Houthi position hit by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemeni capital Sanaa

‘Houthis should disarm’

Hadi also renewed his calls to the Houthis to lay down their arms, inviting them to implement Resolution 2216 adopted by United Nations Security Council.

“Once again I would like to convey to the putschists, the Houthis, the Saleh militia, that they must lay down their weapons. They must act in line with reason, and implement Security Council Resolution 2216 in a heartfelt manner,” Hadi said.

"I have come to support peace and accord. I am not talking about a peace which would divide, but rather peace from which stems order and cohesion,” he added.

“Allow me to urge the implementation of the most recent Security Council resolution, which indeed conveys the credibility of the Council itself.”

Houthi Rebels seized control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2014, abolished the parliament and captured most of the country earlier this year, this forced Hadi to flee Yemen and triggered a civil war.

Humanitarian Crisis

The six-month-long war in the country has resulted in  an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The UN declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

According to the United Nations, around 4,900 people, including more than 2,100 civilians, have been killed in the fighting and air strikes since the operations carried out by Saudi-led coalition started on March 26.

TRTWorld and agencies