Dr Sultan Al Jaber affirms UAE’s vital role in Yemen conflict
ABU DHABI // Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, said the decision to fight the Houthi militias in Yemen was the right one.
Under the title, “On the liberation of Bab Al Mandeb”, Mr Al Jaber said in an article published by Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that the UAE responded when the Iranian-backed Houthi militia ignored the political choices of the Yemeni people and tried to remove the legitimate government.
He said that the UAE was part of the Arab coalition to help the Yemeni people because of their ties to the country.
The move, he said, was based on the international legitimacy represented by the Security Council Resolution No 2216, which called for Houthi militia to withdraw troops immediately and unconditionally from the various areas that they had seized by force.
He said the Arab coalition had achieved three important goals: the liberation of Aden; regaining control of Marib; and the liberation of Bab Al Mandeb.
Bab Al Mandeb, he said, was an outstanding military achievement because the offensive took just six hours to regain control of the strategic area.
Updated: October 14, 2015 04:00 AM