Yemen government calls for US cooperation to thwart formation of new Hezbollah

A Yemeni delegation carrying posters of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in a southern Beirut suburb on October 12, 2016. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 07 June 2018
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Yemen government calls for US cooperation to thwart formation of new Hezbollah

  • Al-Yamani met with the US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller in Riyadh
  • They spoke the Iranian regime and its “intervention” in the region

DUBAI: Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani has called on the United States for cooperation to thwart any attempt of a new Hezbollah being formed in Yemen, which would threaten security and stability in the region.

Al-Yamani said, during his meeting in Riyadh with the US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller, that his government supports the United States position towards the Iranian regime and rejects its “intervention and its absurd agenda” in the region.

He told the ambassador of the importance of all partners’ continued support, and backed efforts for a peaceful political settlement in Yemen including that of the UN envoy’s attempts to find a just and sustainable political solution to the crisis in the country.

Al-Yamani, according to official Yemeni news agency, pointed to the importance of concerted efforts to stop the suffering of the Yemeni people, which he said will only be achieved by providing humanitarian aid, sending relief to those who deserve it, and ending the main causes of suffering caused by the Houthis against the state and its legitimate institutions.

Meanwhile, the US ambassador said that his government will work with the Yemeni government, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen and all partners to achieve a common goal of restoring the legitimate state, and ensuring the security and stability of Yemen and the region.


Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

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Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

  • Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone
  • US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria

ANKARA: Turkey will never allow the implementation of a safe zone in Syria that will turn into “a swamp” like in northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, referring to an area where Kurdish militants have operations.
Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone, but added that it would take steps in Syria if promises made to Ankara weren’t kept.
US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. Since then, Trump and Erdogan have discussed a safe zone which Turkey would set up in Syria along the length of their border.