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Saudi envoy: Political solution only exit for Yemen

Abdullah al-Mualami also said Saudi and Gulf states had been the principle donors for humanitarian relief to Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the UN told reporters on Friday that the only exit for the Yemeni quagmire was through a political solution.

Abdullah al-Mualami also said Saudi and Gulf states had been the principle donors for humanitarian relief to Yemen.

He also urged the international community to press the Iran-backed Houthi militias to allow aid access to the besieged city southwestern city of Taiz.

Last week, Yemen’s minister of local administration lambasted the UN and its humanitarian agencies for not being able to lift the ongoing sanctions against Taiz for the past nine months.

Since March last year, the Saudi-led coalition has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a bid to put the government of internationally recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi back in power.