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.


Child among three killed in Baghdad blast

Updated 14 August 2018
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Child among three killed in Baghdad blast

  • A source from the security services said that a woman and a child were among those killed
  • Authorities did not detail the cause of the blast and said an investigation would be launched

BAGHDAD: Three people were killed Tuesday in an explosion at a market in Baghdad, including a woman and child according to a security source.
The blast struck in the Shiite bastion of Sadr City, a sprawling district where authorities regularly carry out raids close to the busy market to seize illegal weapons.
“Three people were killed and four others injured in an explosion in a covered market near the Mreydi souk in Sadr City,” Baghdad’s military operations command said in a statement.
A source from the security services told AFP that a woman and a child were among those killed.
Authorities did not detail the cause of the blast and said an investigation would be launched.
The Mreydi souk is an important hub for illegal weapons sales and the area has seen years of violence since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
In June, at least 16 people were killed and some 30 injured in an explosion at a house in the area where weapons were stored.
Sadr City is the former bastion of the Mahdi Army, which before being dissolved was blamed by Washington for killing US soldiers and thousands of Sunni Muslims.
The militia was led by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, whose political alliance triumphed in this year’s parliamentary elections.
Violence has fallen in Iraq and particularly Baghdad, which suffered numerous extremist attacks, since the government declared victory over Daesh in December.
But despite government forces retaking all of Iraq’s towns and cities from Daesh, clandestine extremist cells remain present, analysts say.