Yemen’s Foreign Minister meets with EU officials on political peace process

The European Union’s political and security committee hosted Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani to discuss Yemen’s vision for a settlement. (AFP)
Updated 06 February 2019
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Yemen’s Foreign Minister meets with EU officials on political peace process

  • The Yemeni minister stressed the need to exert more pressure on Iran to stop from sending weapons to the Houthis
  • He said the vision of the Yemeni president was for the political settlement is clear that the priority is confidence-building measures

The European Union’s political and security committee hosted Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani to discuss Yemen’s vision for a settlement.

The Yemeni foreign minister said in his speech before the EU committee: “The vision of Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi for the political settlement is clear that the priority is confidence-building measures.”

He said that despite this, the Houthis refused to implement what was agreed in Sweden.

During peace talks in Dec. the warring sides agreed to pull out of Hodeidah and for humanitarian aid to enter the country from Hodeidah port.

“The Iran-allied Houthi militia have not even met the minimum demands of General Kamert to open corridors for humanitarian and relief aid,” he said.

The Yemeni minister stressed the need to exert more pressure on Iran to stop its irresponsible actions from sending weapons to the Houthis, and said, “We can imagine the magnitude of the disaster if these weapons reached terrorists in the European Union.”


US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

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US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

  • The money is for anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways

WASHINGTON: The US on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the finances of Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.
The State Department said it would give the money to anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways.
The areas include information on Hezbollah’s donors, on financial institutions that assist its transactions and on businesses controlled by the movement.
President Donald Trump’s administration has put a top priority on reducing the influence of Iran, the primary backer of Hezbollah.
The State Department listed three alleged Hezbollah financiers as examples of activities it was seeking to stop, with one, Ali Youssef Charara, allegedly funding the group by investing millions of dollars from Hezbollah in the telecommunications industry in West Africa.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed to a recent appeal by Hezbollah for donations as a sign of US success in curbing Iran.
On a visit last month to Beirut, Pompeo urged Lebanon to counter the “dark ambitions” of Iran and Hezbollah but was rebuffed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who said Hezbollah was not a terrorist group and enjoyed a wide base.
The United States has vowed for decades to fight Shiite militants in Lebanon, with memories still bitter over the 1983 attack on a military barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans.
Hezbollah, however, also functions as a political party, with posts in the current cabinet, and enjoys support among some Lebanese who recall its guerrilla campaign that led Israel to withdraw from the country in 2000.