Yemen’s prime minister accuses Qatar of supporting Houthis

Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik delivers a speech during the opening day of the 40th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on February 25, 2019 in Geneva. (File/AFP)
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Updated 21 July 2020

Yemen’s prime minister accuses Qatar of supporting Houthis

  • The PM said “Doha supported the Houthi militia with money, arms, media, and relations, and worked to destabilize Yemen”

DUBAI: Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed accused Qatar of working to spread chaos in Yemen by supporting the Houthi militia, the Middle East News agency reported on Tuesday.
The prime minister claimed that “Doha supported the Houthi militia with money, arms, media, and relations, and worked to destabilize Yemen.”
Saeed, who is currently visiting Egypt, said that Qatar’s support of the Houthis became clear when after the Gulf countries boycotted Doha.
Qatar’s policy is to weaken the internationally recognized government, prevent efforts to restore the state, Saeed said.

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, closing borders and airspace, and imposing an economic blockade that still remains in place. Qatar’s alignment with Iran was of special concern to states wary of Tehran’s ambitions in the Gulf.

 


US will continue to sanction Lebanese individuals allied with Hezbollah: State Department

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US will continue to sanction Lebanese individuals allied with Hezbollah: State Department

  • Schenker told reporters that further sanctions remained in play
  • The assistant secretary said that the US will not hesitate to act to protect its personnel in Iraq

WASHINGTON: The United States will continue to impose sanctions on Lebanese individuals allied with Hezbollah or engaged in corruption, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, despite an agreement between Israel and Lebanon to hold US-mediated talks on their maritime border dispute.
David Schenker, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, told reporters that further sanctions remained in play even after Israel and Lebanon announced earlier on Thursday they had agreed on a framework for the coming negotiations.

The assistant secretary also said that the US will not hesitate to act to protect its personnel in Iraq, where it considers Iranian-backed militias that have attacked US targets to be the country's "single biggest problem." 
"We can't tolerate the threats to our people, our men and women serving abroad," he said.