Saudi Irrational Approach Scuttled Yemen Talks

Saudi Irrational Approach Scuttled Yemen Talks  Saudi Irrational Approach Scuttled Yemen Talks

A high-ranking diplomat said Saudi Arabia’s irrational approach caused the UN-backed peace talks on the Yemen war to fail.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari also hailed Yemenis’ support for the newly-formed Higher Political Council.

“Without doubt, Saudi Arabia’s irrational and unreasonable approach led to the failure of the Kuwait talks and nullified the UN envoy’s hard work,” Press TV quoted Ansari as saying.

On August 7, the UN-brokered peace talks on the Yemeni conflict ended without an agreement in Kuwait. Negotiations between delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the former Yemeni government had begun on April 21.

Ansari stressed that the talks could have ended the war in Yemen, which has had no result but the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, including many women and children.

Yemen has seen almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015, with internal sources putting the toll from the bloody aggression at about 10,000.

  New Stage of Saudi Atrocities

Noting that the attacks still continue, Ansari added that with airstrikes on schools and hospitals, the Saudi human rights violations have entered a new stage.

On Monday, a Saudi airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in the Hajjah Province killed at least 19 patients and hospital staff, and wounded 24 others. A similar Saudi raid struck a school in Yemen’s Sa’ada province on Saturday, killing 10 children.

The deputy foreign minister noted that the widespread condemnation of the attacks shows that the international community cannot remain silent toward Saudi atrocities, but also shows Riyadh’s disregard for such calls.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people rallied in Yemen to voice their strong support for the Higher Political Council, a body recently formed to run the country. People took to the streets in the capital in large numbers before converging on a main square to support the council, formed after peace talks with the Saudi-backed side broke down.

Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi resigned as president in January 2015 and then fled to Saudi Arabia that launched a ferocious military campaign against Yemen two months later to restore him to power.

The decision to establish the council was made by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party back in late July. It was formally launched on August 6, when the Houthis and Saleh’s faction announced that they both had an equal share in the 10-member body.