Tourism Minister warns of occupying forces violations in Socotra archipelago



The Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Al-Hassan Al-Amir, warned on Tuesday of the severity of the practices and violations of the aggression forces and the Saudi-Emirati occupation, in the Socotra archipelago.

The Minister of Tourism said, in a statement to Saba, that what the Saudi-Emirati occupation forces are doing in the Socotra archipelago, building military bases and recruiting and grouping mercenaries from different countries of the world, is a flagrant violation of the security and sovereignty of the Republic of Yemen, and international covenants and laws.

He pointed to the danger of the Saudi-Emirati occupation forces grouping tourist groups without any legal status, and in large numbers, to exploit the archipelago’s capabilities and threaten its ecosystem.

The Minister of Tourism called on the people of the Socotra archipelago to confront such violations that seek to lose Socotra its importance as one of the most prominent sites of biological and environmental diversity in the world, registered on the list of “UNESCO”.

He held the countries of the coalition of aggression and occupation, the United Nations and its organizations concerned with protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity, fully responsible.

The Minister of Tourism referred to the aggravation of the humanitarian situation and the deterioration of the biodiversity in Yemen as a whole, as a result of the aggression’s forces use of internationally banned bombs, calling for mobilizing efforts to take serious and effective steps to protect the environment.

He pointed out that the complicity of the United Nations and the silence of the international community on the crimes and violations of the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression coalition, and its exploitation of the capabilities of Yemen, will remain a stain in the history of these entities.

He stressed the importance of involving local communities and civil society organizations in protecting the environment and addressing any disruptive practices, because of its importance in achieving sustainable development in various fields, including tourism.