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Yemen foreign minister: We will confront Houthis’ maritime threats

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Yemeni foreign minister Khalid al-Yamani has emphasized that the country will act immediately to confront the Houthi threat to maritime transit and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.

Al-Yamani told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that Yemen’s mission to the United Nations is coordinating with the Kuwaiti mission to raise the issue at the United Nations Security Council.

He said Yemen will be demanding swift action from the Security Council in order to stop this gross violation of international navigation law.

The minister said Yemen’s legitimate government holds the international community as well as the UN Security Council responsible for the crimes happening in the maritime transit waterways south of the Red Sea.

Al-Yamani said that the Houthis have planted recently thousands of underwater mines across the Red Sea coast in order to harm maritime security of government-controlled ports.

The minister explained that any peace negotiations cannot start unless the Houthi militias unconditioned withdrawal from the western coast of Yemen.