Saudi-backed side hindering peace: Ansarullah leader
TheAnsarullah movement says it has given difficult concessions in negotiations to establish peace in Yemen but the Saudi-backed side is obstructing the process by refusing to compromise.
“In order to fulfill its obligations, the (Houthi) Ansarullah delegation brought itself to giving some concessions, some of which were tough to give,” the movement’s leader Sayyed Abdulmalik al-Houthi said on Thursday
“But now, the opposite side has returned to square one and is demanding the submission of the Yemeni nation,” he added.
Peace talks have been underway in Kuwait between the two sides in order to find a solution to the country’s conflict.
“There are practical solutions to resolve the conflict and we have proposed many. If the opposite side opts for conflict resolution, we are ready [to cooperate], and if it chooses to keep up the invasion, we are also ready [to fight back].”
Yemenis visit the grave of relatives killed in Saudi military airstrikes, at a cemetery in the capital, Sana’a, March 25, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Houthi said resistance on the part of the movement is not a “political tactic” but is at the heart of Yemeni values and civilization.
Saudi Arabia, an ally of the former regime, has been staging military attacks against Yemen in a bid to bring former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and undermine Ansarullah.
More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the Saudi aggression on March 26, 2015.
“The continuation of your crimes,” Houthi said, “will never dissuade us from resistance. No matter how much US support you receive, by God, the suffering that you impose on us will bring back but defeat for you,” the Houthi leader said in an address to Saudi Arabia and its allies.
He accused certain Arab regimes of colluding with Israel, saying they had chosen to fight Muslims.