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Hadi: Houthis are running an Iranian ‘expansionist agenda’ in the region

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Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said on Thursday that the coup d’état was carrying out an Iranian”expansionist agenda” in the region.

Hadi said in a speech to the UN General Assembly that Iran is supporting the coup militias with funds, weapons and missiles.

“Sustained peace can only be possible if this state ceases interfering in our affairs, creating tensions and stoking feelings of hatred,” he said.

The Houthi militias form a threat to peace and security in the region and international navigation, he added.

He pointed out that the alliance between the Houthis and the ousted Saleh imposed war on the Yemeni people and curbed the political track, stressing that the problem in Yemen is not only a political conflict, but an attempt to impose extremist beliefs.

Hadi said in his speech that the coupists looted the state funds and reserves of the Central Bank, and that the war they launched left a total destruction in all aspects of life in Yemen.

Addressing the United Nations, President President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi urged international pressure on Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa and also appealed for greater humanitarian assistance.

“We in the Yemeni government are ready to provide all facilitation so that humanitarian assistance can reach anywhere in Yemen, and also the areas under the control of the Houthis,” he told the General Assembly.

The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world’s number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.

(With AFP)