KSA, Arab League FMs to hold emergency meeting on Yemen

KSA, Arab League FMs to hold emergency meeting on Yemen
Updated 16 February 2015

KSA, Arab League FMs to hold emergency meeting on Yemen

KSA, Arab League FMs to hold emergency meeting on Yemen

Foreign ministers of Arab League member states, including Saudi Arabia, will hold an emergency meeting on Yemen in Cairo on Wednesday, Nabil Al-Arabi, Arab League chief, said in the Egyptian capital on Sunday.
The meeting will focus on the chaotic situation in the strife-torn Yemen and the need to take urgent coercive measures to try to resolve the crisis in that country. “The meeting will discuss measures to defuse the crisis in Yemen and take stock of the latest escalation in that country,” said an Arab League statement released on Sunday.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is at the forefront of the international mission that seeks to restore peace and security in Yemen, which has been tossed into turmoil by Houthis.
“Arab League foreign ministers will discuss the Houthi takeover of Sanaa and the condition of Yemeni President Mansour Hadi, who has been put under house arrest,” said the statement. “The Houthi insurgents have hampered all efforts to restore peace in that country,” said Hamdan Al-Mubarak, a political analyst, while referring to the political isolation that country is facing today.
He said that the United States, Western European countries, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have all closed their missions in Sanaa. The UN Security Council was due to adopt a resolution urging the Shiite militiamen behind a power grab in Yemen to step down and release government officials.
Yemen, a traditional GCC ally, has descended into chaos since the Houthis seized Sanaa in September, and later ousted the government and dissolved Parliament on Feb. 6.
In fact, the decision to hold the special meeting of Arab foreign ministers comes as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss a resolution, calling on the militiamen to step down or face consequences.