Yemen government to cut diplomatic staff

Houthi militias have caused humanitarian disasters in various regions of Yemen, says Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani. (File photo: Getty Images)
Updated 30 July 2018
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Yemen government to cut diplomatic staff

DUBAI: Yemen’s government is planning to reduce the number of staff at the country’s missions, pan Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported, citing Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani.

The announcement comes two months after his appointment, as the minister reviews embassies and their staff.

“A huge number of diplomats and administrative employees are working outside Yemen, as if we are a super power,” Yamani  said.

The minister said the aim of reviewing the embassies and their staff is to help improve Yemen’s diplomatic status.

“Our country’s diplomacy and our embassies were damaged by the Houthi militia… (and there is work on our) embassies to overhaul them in line with our ongoing plan to build the state,” he said.


‘Qatar a hospitable base for Muslim Brotherhood,’ says Washington think-tank

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‘Qatar a hospitable base for Muslim Brotherhood,’ says Washington think-tank

  • Qatar’s state-owned news channel Al-Jazeera called out for pushing extremist Islamist ideology, with the Brotherhood playing a “crucial role in programming and setting the editorial line”
  • Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar in June 2017 over claims that Doha supports terrorism

DUBAI: Qatar is a hospitable base for the Muslim Brotherhood and many of the world’s most virulent Islamists, a senior member of prominent Washington-based think tank Security Studies Group said in an opinion article published in the Washington Times.

“Qatar has been the Brotherhood’s most hospitable base of operations…Brotherhood Islamism would soon emerge as Qatar’s de-facto state ideology, as the ruling al-Thani family welcomed the Islamists with lavish funding, the highest state honors, and the establishment of new Islamist institutions that would seek to indoctrinate thousands,” the senior vice president for strategic operations, David Reaboi, wrote.

Reaboi also called out Qatar’s state-owned news channel Al-Jazeera for pushing extremist Islamist ideology, with the Brotherhood playing a “crucial role in programming and setting the editorial line.”

“Even as it claims to be a legitimate, journalistic enterprise, Al-Jazeera is an instrument of power projection for the Qatari regime. Its mission has always been to support Qatar and the Brotherhood while attacking its enemies in the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

“In Arabic, Al Jazeera pushes a stream of vile, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and attempts to rile up religious and extremist Muslims against attempts at positive, human rights reforms in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states,” he added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt imposed a diplomatic and economic boycott on Qatar in June 2017 over claims that Doha supports terrorism.