Arab Coalition says Yemen's Southern Transitional Council prevents coastguard from doing job

Forces loyal to Yemen's Southern Transitional Council have previously clashed with pro-government troops. (AFP/File)
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Updated 18 May 2020

Arab Coalition says Yemen's Southern Transitional Council prevents coastguard from doing job

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition said Sunday that the Southern Transitional Council in Yemen has prevented the Yemeni coastguard from performing its duties, Saudi Arabia's Al Ekhbariya TV reported.
A coalition official was quoted saying the Transitional Council has not been responsive regarding the continued work of the Yemeni coastguard.

Forces loyal to the council, which wants southern Yemen to break away as a separate state, have previously clashed with troops supporting Yemen's government, which is backed by the coalition.
The separatists and the government are part of an alliance fighting Iran-backed Houthis militants that control the north of the country.

 


Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

Updated 03 August 2020

Lebanon’s foreign minister resigns amid economic crisis

  • Nassif Hitti submits resignation to the prime minister and leaves government house without making any comments
  • Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Hassan Diab’s government

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s foreign minister resigned on Monday, becoming the first Cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country.
Minister Nassif Hitti’s submitted his resignation to the prime minister and left the government house without making any comments.
A career diplomat, Hitti became foreign minister in January as part of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government. He was was reportedly unhappy with the government’s performance and lack of movement on promised reforms.
Local media reports said he also was angered by Diab’s criticism of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian following his visit to Beirut last month. Diab had said Le Drian “did not bring anything new” and was not properly informed about the reforms implemented by the Lebanese government.
It was not immediately clear whether his resignation would be accepted and whether one of the other ministers would assume his responsibilities in caretaker capacity until a new minister is appointed.
Hitti’s resignation is a blow to Diab’s government, which has struggled to implement reforms amid an unprecedented financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic.