Yemen’s President Hadi praises Arab coalition’s role in maintaining country’s unification

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. (AFP)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Yemen’s President Hadi praises Arab coalition’s role in maintaining country’s unification

  • Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi praised the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s role in defending the nation against the Houthi militia
  • The country marks 28 years of unification between the north and south

DUBAI: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi praised on Tuesday the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s role in defending the nation against the Houthi militia as the country marked 28 years of unification between north and south.

Hadi said that after the Iran-backed Houthi militia incited the war, the Saudi-led Arab coalition had prevented the country from collapsing, but rather progressed to restore the legitimate government in a “sincere and courageous Arab brotherly way that the people of Yemen people will never forget,”  state news agency SPA reported.

Speaking on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the formation of Yemen, he added that the he and the Yemeni people should show their joint appreciation to the members of the Arab coalition for what they had achieved so far and continue to do.

The Yemeni president said the unification of north and south Yemen remained the most popular situation and one that reflected the civilization of an ancient people.

He added that deviations from the union failed to undermine its continued existence.


US to merge Jerusalem consulate in to new embassy

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US to merge Jerusalem consulate in to new embassy

WASHINGTON: The United States will merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.
“This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It does not signal a change of US policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip.”
The consulate-general in Jerusalem is the top mission for Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem for their capital.
“We will continue to conduct a full range of reporting, outreach, and programming in the West Bank and Gaza as well as with Palestinians in Jerusalem through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside US Embassy Jerusalem,” Pompeo said.
He said the Trump administration was committed to a peace effort between Israel and the Palestinians.
US President Donald Trump outraged the Arab world and stoked international concern by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest disputes between Israel and the Palestinians and Palestinian leaders accused Trump of sowing instability by overturning decades of US policy.
Palestinians, with broad international backing, seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they want to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed, as its “eternal and indivisible capital,” but that is not recognized internationally. The Trump administration has avoided that description, and noted that the city’s final borders should be decided by the parties.