Britain clearly revealed it manages the process of blocking the agreement in Yemen: officials
Many international and Yemeni officias reveals the UK practices since the start of the Saudi-ed coalition, backed by the US, on Yemen have been causing “significant civilian casualties” in the country.
During a visit to Yemen on Sunday, Hunt — whose country has been a major supporter of the deadly Saudi-led war on Yemen — claimed that Hudaydah “was supposed to be cleared of militia and left under neutral control by the beginning of January.”
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for the Houthi movement, rejected the comments in a statement released on Monday, stressing that the Hudaydah truce had never mentioned handing over the port city to a “neutral” party.
The ceasefire, he added, had stipulated that after the withdrawal of the warring sides, Hudaydah would be patrolled by an unspecified “local force” with UN observers.
The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, has commented on British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s remarks about the Stockholm agreement and his appearance while he wearing a bulletproof vest during his visit to Aden province.
“The Yemeni person, whose steadfastness has gone beyond that of the First World war in terms of courage and fortitude, is still strong and steadfast, and the people know very well the destructive project of aggression and its tools which did not allow Jeremy to stay in Aden for just one hour without a bulletproof bullet,” al-Houthi wrote on his in Twitter account on Monday.
He said that the British Foreign Secretary “is driving the failure of the Stockholm accord these days into a repetition of the Battle of Hodeidah.”
The implementation of the first phase of the ISAF redeployment plan was supposed to begin on Monday, but the move was delayed after the United Nations military official tasked to monitoring the redeployment, Michael Lolisgaard, held more meetings first.
British ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron’s recent statements on the attitude of his country’s government to Yemeni unity were disappointing to hopes of the so-called “Southern Transition Council”, which seeks the secession of South Yemen.
During an interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Thursday, the ambassador stressed that Britain is with the stability of Yemen and does not support any move for the secession of south Yemen from the north.
“Our position is firm and united towards Yemen and its unity. This trend is not something that is managed in a secret manner,” said Aron. He pointed that he had told Aidarous al-Zubaidi, head of the southern transition council, about that during a previous meeting between them.
The United Nations Human Rights Organization called on the United Kingdom to stop its support for Saudi Arabia in light of the violations it is committing in its war against Yemen.
The UK government refuses to criticize the coalition for its abuses in Yemen, and “its decision to continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia, despite the risk of using it illegally,” Human Rights Watch said.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday announced an initial £ 2.5 million funding for Yemen.
This comes amid efforts being made by UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, who is struggling to reach an agreement on basic confidence-building measures such as the prisoner exchange.
The British government secretly sought to conclude arms deals with Saudi Arabia in the weeks following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite its official condemnation of his murder, the UK Mirror Daily Newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper said that British officials promoting arms exports continued to meet at high levels with their Saudi counterparts, while calling on the Government of the United Kingdom to uncover the ambiguity of the killing of the Saudi journalist.
The UK foreign secretary minister Jeremy Hunt and the foreign minister of the States with responsibility for Middle East File, Alistair Burt, are under pressure this week because of their ties with Saudi Arabia, the Guardian reported.
They need to give clarifications about the Uk support for the Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen, according to a report by the Diplomatic editor for the Guardian Patrick Winter.
The report indicated that the move came in the light of the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and he was killed intentionally by allies that have ties with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
A committee of peers said Tuesday in a report that it was time for London to understand that Trump was actually trying to undermine Britain’s foreign policy and its efforts to remain as an influential player at the world stage.
“In future, the government will need to place less reliance on reaching a common US-UK approach to the main issues of the day than has often been the case in the past,” said the report which has been compiled using advice from key people in diplomacy, national security and foreign policy.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.