Yemen’s President Hadi calls Houthis ‘Iran's puppet’
President Hadi: 'I say to Iran’s puppet, you have destroyed Yemen with your political immaturity'
Yemen's Houthi rebels have found support from an “envious power,” Yemeni President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi said on Saturday while addressing the Arab League Summit.
“I say to Iran’s puppet, you have destroyed Yemen with your political immaturity,” Hadi said, in reference to the Iran-backed Houthi militias, while directly blaming Iran for the chaos in his country.
Hadi arrived to the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday to attend the 26th Arab League Summit, amid the ongoing conflict in his country.
“I came from bleeding Yemen to join you today despite the difficulties,” he said.
“I have met great obstacles that aimed to prevent me from participating in this summit,” said Hadi, adding that he was “keen on attending the conference in support of legitimacy.”
On Thursday, a coalition of 10 regional states have launched a military campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” continues to launch airstrikes in Sanaa, as well as other areas south of the country for the third day.
"I call for this operation to continue until this gang surrenders and withdraws from all locations it has occupied in every province," he told the contingent of Arab leaders, adding that “Operation Decisive Storm” was aimed at protecting Yemenis from “failed aggression” and the Houthis' "obsession with power."
He also called on the Yemeni army to protect state institutions and carry out the orders of the "legitimate leadership.”
"Your responsibility today is preserving security and stability, protecting state institutions ... and carrying out the orders of your legitimate leadership," he said.
He added that the Saudi-led coalition campaign is a "test" to the joint Arab force.
Earlier in the summit, Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi renewed calls for the creation of a joint Arab military force as it and other countries launch airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.
Saying that the crises in the Middle East and North Africa region have reached an unprecedented danger, Sisi said he “backs calls for a unified Arab force” to confront regional security threats.