Yemeni minister: Iran cannot be part of peace efforts

Yemeni fighters, loyal to the Houthis, during a rally. (File/AFP)
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Updated 29 August 2020

Yemeni minister: Iran cannot be part of peace efforts

  • Al-Iryani’s comment comes after Martin Griffiths met with senior assistant to Iran’s foreign minister
  • Griffiths described his discussions with Khaji as “constructive”

DUBAI: Iran cannot help in building peace in the country because of its destabilizing activities in the region, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani said in a report from state news agency Saba New.
Al-Iryani’s comment comes after Martin Griffiths, the UN Envoy to Yemen, met with Ali Asghar Khaji, who is a senior assistant to Iran’s foreign minister.
Griffiths described his discussions with Khaji as “constructive.”
“I had a very constructive meeting today with Senior Assistant to #Iran’s FM Ali Asghar Khaji. We exchanged views about the efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire and create a conducive atmosphere to resume the political process in #Yemen,” the UN envoy said.

“The remarks ignore Iran’s role in destabilizing peace in Yemen and using it to attack neighboring states and threaten sea navigation,” Al-Iryani said, noting that Tehran has supplied weapons to Houthi militants for their attacks against nationals and neighboring states.


Libya’s NOC lifts force majeure on El-Feel oilfield

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Libya’s NOC lifts force majeure on El-Feel oilfield

  • NOC said it expected its total oil output to reach 800,000 barrels per day within two weeks

BENGHAZI: Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Monday it had lifted force majeure on the El-Feel oilfield and that by doing so it had ended all the closures of oilfields and ports that resulted from an eight-month blockade by eastern forces.
NOC said on Friday it expected its total oil output to reach 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) within two weeks and 1 million bpd within four weeks after lifting force majeure on the ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider.
The blockade was imposed in January by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and ended in September when he agreed to reopen oil facilities after talks with members of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
NOC has been gradually lifting force majeure in facilities where fighters no longer remained and restarting production in them.
On Sunday a first tanker in eight months docked at Al-Zawiya port and began loading, an engineer there said, after force majeure was lifted last week on Sharara, Libya’s biggest oilfield.
Al-Waha Oil Co, an NOC company, also said on Sunday a first tanker was bound for Es Sider and may dock there early on Tuesday.
Force majeure refers to unexpected external circumstances that prevent a party to a contract, in this case NOC, from meeting its obligations.