Yemen government 'committed to peace'

Yemen government 'committed to peace'
Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar stressed on Friday the keenness of his country’s government to bring peace. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018

Yemen government 'committed to peace'

Yemen government 'committed to peace'
  • Yemeni Vice President stressed the keenness of his country’s government to bring peace
  • He said that the position of government is consistent towards lasting peace

DUBAI: The Yemeni government stressed on Friday its commitment to bring peace a day after the UN announced negotiuations in Geneva next month.

Vice President Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said his government supports the United Nation’s efforts exerted by its envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to achieve peace and resume the political process, Saudi state channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

He said the government wants a lasting peace based on three reference point s; the Gulf Initiative to transfer power from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to a new constitution, the National Dialogue Conference that took place after the Arab Spring protests removed Saleh, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216 that called for the Houthis to hand over their weapons and retreat from the territory they seized after they sparked the conflict in 2014.

During a meeting with the British ambassador, Mohsen said the Yemeni army – supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition – liberated and maintained stability in several areas in Yemen and reduced the threat of the Iran-backed Houthis on international waters.

Griffiths announced talks between the warring parties during a Security Council meeting on Thursday. Yemen's permanent representative to the UN, Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak, said during the meeting that efforts made by the UN through its special envoy must be in accordance with Yemen’s constitutional powers.

He stated that the peace talks should not violate international norms and empowering militias and de facto authorities, Yemen’s official news agency Saba News reported.

Bin Mubarak also told the UN Security Council that peace cannot be achieved solely by expressing support for  Griffiths' efforts to start dialogue, and that more political pressure should be put on the Houthi militias.

“It should be made clear that the international community will not allow Yemeni suffering to continue, the hijacking of the state, and threats to international navigation. It is time that resolutions of international legitimacy are adhered to,” he said.

Meanwhile Yemen’s ambassador to Brussels, Mohamed Taha Mustafa, renewed his country’s accusation that Iran was supplying the Houthi militias with money and weapons.

He said Iran was intervening in the internal affairs of Yemen by supporting the militia with money and weapons and sending political and military experts to the Houthis.


Iran asks watchdog not to publish ‘unnecessary’ nuke details

Iran asks watchdog not to publish ‘unnecessary’ nuke details
Updated 23 min 36 sec ago

Iran asks watchdog not to publish ‘unnecessary’ nuke details

Iran asks watchdog not to publish ‘unnecessary’ nuke details
  • Iran’s nuclear department asked IAEA to avoid publishing details on its nuclear program that may cause confusion
  • On Saturday, Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran to back off its plan to develop uranium metal

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran urged the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing “unnecessary” details on Tehran’s nuclear program, state TV reported Sunday, a day after Germany, France and Britain said Tehran has “no credible civilian use” for its development of uranium metal.
The report quoted a statement from Iran’s nuclear department that asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid publishing details on Iran’s nuclear program that may cause confusion.
“It is expected the international atomic energy agency avoid providing unnecessary details and prevent paving ground for misunderstanding” in the international community, the statement said. It did not elaborate.
On Saturday, Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran to back off its plan to develop uranium metal, calling it “the latest planned violation” of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, something Iran insists it does not want to do.
“Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal,” they said in a joint statement. “The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications.”
On Thursday, the IAEA said Iran had informed it that it had begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal. It said Tehran maintains its plans to conduct research and development on uranium metal production are part of its “declared aim to design an improved type of fuel.”
Iran reacted to the European statement Sunday saying Iran informed the UN nuclear watchdog nearly two decades ago of its plans for the “peaceful and conventional” production of uranium metal. It also said it provided updated information to the agency two years ago about its plans to produce silicide advanced fuel.
The statement said uranium metal is an “intermediate product” in the manufacture of uranium silicide, a fuel used in nuclear reactors that is safer and has more power capability than uranium oxide-based fuel, which Iran currently produces.
The three European nations alongside the US, Russia and China signed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that prohibited research and production of uranium metal.
President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran’s nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. After the US then ramped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development.
President-elect Joe Biden, who was vice president when the deal was signed during the Obama administration, has said he hopes to return the US to the deal.