Washington chiefly responsible for humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen: Information minister
Yemen’s information minister says the United States is chiefly liable for the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in the Arab country as it torpedoes any international initiative aimed at establishment of nationwide peace and stability.
Dhaifullah al-Shami wrote in a tweet that Washington plays the leading role in the suffering of Yemenis, as it has slapped several rounds of sanctions against the nation and blockaded all entry ports controlled by the Ansarullah resistance movement.
“The US cannot be trusted to advance a durable and inclusive peace agreement in Yemen that would alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, because it is responsible for creating the worst humanitarian crisis in the world through support for the Saudi siege and devastating attacks against the oppressed nation,” Shami said.
“US history does not show that the country has helped in establishment of peace and restoration of stability,” he added.
He also said the Sana’a government has presented a host of initiatives in order to secure nationwide peace in Yemen, including the proposal put forward by the late head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Samad in September 2017.
“Later on, the council’s new chairman Mahdi Al-Mashat presented other plans in September 2019, April 2020, and September 2020, but all to no avail,” Shami said.
The Yemeni minister then lashed out at the United States and Saudi Arabia over their refusal to study the peace proposals, arguing they obstruct any attempt meant to negotiate peace in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states, launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015.
The objective was to crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen, and reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its objectives, leaving hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and spawning the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.