UAE Minister: Houthis must lay down weapons, enter meaningful political talks

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash attends the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League in Riyadh on April 12, 2018. (AFP)

The United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has tweeted on Saturday saying that his country and the Arab coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen re-iterates the need for Houthi militias to lay down their weapons and enter into political talks.

“The UAE and Coalition appreciates the tireless determination of the UN envoy to persuade the Houthis to put down their weapons and enter into meaningful political discussions,” Anwar Gargash tweeted.

“We and all of Yemen would welcome good news out of Sanaa. We encourage the Envoy’s efforts to facilitate the safe handover of Hodeida to the legitimate Yemeni Government.

“Meanwhile the people of Hodeida urgently want to be liberated. The coalition will continue with its military and humanitarian preparations to achieve this urgent result,” he added.

His statements come as ground troops from the Arab coalition along with Yemeni forces surrounded the main airport compound and recaptured areas around it.

An operation to remove landmines is ongoing, while the Yemeni Army started combing the area for Houthi fighters and blocking the main highway linking between Hodeidah and Sanaa.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51