Prince Khalid bin Salman: Yemeni people united over expelling Iranian influence
Yemeni people are “more than ever united” over restoring peace in their country and pushing out Iranian influence from Yemen following the advancement of Yemeni army forces on multiple fronts, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman said on Tuesday.
In a series of tweets, the ambassador added that the tribe leaders of Saada called for the continuation of efforts to liberate the Houthi-controlled governorate.
The advancement of the Yemeni forces on multiple fronts including Saada, backed by the Coalition, is a testament that the people of Yemen are more than ever united on the goal of restoring peace to their country and expelling all Iranian influence.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) July 17, 2018
This comes following Saada tribe elders issuing a statement on Monday that came during a press conference held by the Spokesman of Coalition Forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki at the Armed Forces Club in Riyadh.
Maliki said that the Saada tribal leaders called on their government and the coalition to continue their efforts in liberating their province.
Today, leaders of Saada, the home of the Houthis; called for the continuation of efforts to liberate Saada from the grip of Iranian-backed Houthi militia and in support of the legitimate government and the Coalition.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) July 17, 2018
The ambassador continued by saying that this was a “significant development” and is evidence of the effectiveness of continued pressure on the Houthis.
“KSA will continue to lead the Coalition’s efforts towards achieving a political solution based on UNSC Res 2216 which explicitly calls for the Houthis to disarm, evacuate urban areas and recognize the legitimate Yemeni Government,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said.
This significant development is evidence of the effectiveness of the increased pressure against the Houthis, and the unwavering resolve of the people of Yemen as they continue to heroically stand up to Iran's malign influence.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) July 17, 2018