Saleh, Houthi be excluded, Yemen govt demands

United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference, in this May 15, 2016 photo at the information ministry in Kuwait City. (AFP)
Updated 24 May 2016
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Saleh, Houthi be excluded, Yemen govt demands

KUWAIT CITY: Yemeni government delegates to peace talks in Kuwait have demanded that deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh be excluded from any political settlement, and that militias be disbanded before any agreement is reached.
The UN-backed unity government delegates said Saleh and Houthi Leader Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi need to be excluded prior to any political agreements.
The delegation has also urged militias to release Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Al-Subaihi and other political prisoners.
Al-Subaihi was leading a counter-offensive against the Houthis in Lahij governorate in March last year when he was captured by militia forces along with Faisal Rajab, commander of the pro-Hadi 119th Armored Brigade.
They also called for the immediate release of journalists imprisoned in Houthi militia prisons, who have reportedly been on hunger strike while in custody.
Peace talks in Kuwait ended with no resolutions as yet after the government representatives returned to the negotiating table, with close sources reporting that no topics of major disagreements and controversial topics being discussed during the last meeting.


Turkey freezes assets of senior Houthi militia leaders

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Turkey freezes assets of senior Houthi militia leaders

  • Ankara has in the past targeted assets of then Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son
  • The new sanctions targeted Houthi leader Abdulmalek Al-Houthi and two military commanders

ISTANBUL: Turkey has frozen assets of three senior Yemeni Houthi militia leaders in line with UN Security Council sanctions against the rebels, the state’s official gazette said on Thursday.
The UN imposed sanctions in 2014 on the Houthi leadership and then Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced out in 2012 and blacklisted for obstructing peace by later backing the Shiite militia after it seized power in Sanaa.
Ankara has in the past targeted assets of Saleh and his son, in line with UN sanctions against the ousted strongman who was assassinated two years ago.
The official gazette said the new sanctions targeted Houthi leader Abdulmalek Al-Houthi and two military commanders Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim.
It also listed Saleh and his son Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Assets belonging to Saleh and his son in Turkish banks and other financial institutions were already temporarily frozen more than two years ago.
Saleh amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion (€28 billion and €53 billion) through corruption and stashed assets in at least 20 countries during his 33 years in power, according to a UN report.
The Yemen conflict pits the Iran-linked Houthis against a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which intervened in the conflict four years ago.
Since then the war has killed around 10,000 Yemenis, according to the World Health Organization, triggering what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.