British Ambassador to Yemen: We are optimistic about our ability to force Houthi to implement Hodeidah agreement

British Ambassador to Yemen: We are optimistic about our ability to force Houthi to implement  Hodeidah agreement

British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aaron expressed optimism that they would be able to force the Houthis to implement the outcome of the Stockholm consultation.

"We are now optimistic about our ability to force Houthi to implement the agreement, Saudi Arabia has the right to be uncertain about the Houthis ' promises, but our Saudi partners must know that our goals for Yemen are not far from their goals, and our priorities are close to them," said Aaron in a dialogue published by the Saudi al-Riyadh newspaper. To a peaceful and political solution but not to compromise the security and stability of the region and to cleanse it of any Iranian influence that may reach Houthi or other. "

"We will continue to pay to compel the Houthis to abide by all that we have agreed on in Hodeidah and we expect this to happen in the coming weeks," the British diplomat added. As I see in the arrival of the UN team to the Yemeni Red Sea coasts a positive indication that the Houthis will not be able to circumvent more, we are aware of everything that happens and watch Houthi and we will only accept their commitment to Hodeidah agreement. "

He said there will be a serious international movement and response if the Houthis violate the agreement, adding, according to the Saudi newspaper,  "We are now watching closely the actions of the militia and we do not leave any room to circumvent, we are clear in our proposals and we seek to achieve them, which are not far from the Saudi goal, as we affirm that Any talk about the future of Yemen should ensure the safety of Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf, and take into account the targeting Saudi Arabia with  missiles, and understand the threat of the Houthis to traffic in the Red Sea, all of which are pressing toward its implementation to end the war in Yemen.

Aaron sent an intensive message during the meeting, expressing his country's keenness on the security and safety of Saudi Arabia and not being harmed by any future settlement in Yemen, saying, "Saudi Arabia's full safety and freedom from any Iranian influence are Britain's most important goals in Yemen, and no political settlement capable of ending the war without achieving this this target  ".

The British Ambassador stressed the support of the Yemeni solution in the way that the Kingdom considers the implementation of the agreements based on the framework of action contained in Security Council resolution No. 2216 for the establishment of stability and peace in United Yemen, as Britain sees in this option the safest solution considering the  nature of other trends that Britain do not see in it a consensus among the inhabitants of the same region.

Ambassador Aaron said that Britain's decision to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization cannot be fragmented from the support and arming of Hezbollah for the primitive Houthi militia, which has turned into its current dangerous form of Hezbollah by the  support  and trading of Iran.

He said Britain classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and that US reports confirm that the Houthis were a group less capable of spreading chaos and terror until they were trained by elements of Hezbollah and supported by Iran, and about Britain's vision of the difference between the two groups, and the impact of the decision on the Houthis in Yemen, The Ambassador  "The role of Iran and Hezbollah in Yemen is undoubtedly the worst of all, the relationship between Hezbollah and Houthi is a real and present relationship and of course not accepted by Britain, as I said in the beginning we do not disagree in our goals for Yemen with Saudi Arabia, there is no peaceful solution and no political transition without complete cleansing of Yemen from any Iranian arms or influence. We want the Arab Gulf to be stable, secure, etc. It will harm our interests, and therefore one of our most important objectives behind the peace accords in Yemen is the complete separation between Iran and the Houthis.

And about holding the Houthis responsible for the loss of aid the ambassador said "We appreciate the efforts of the Saudis to help the millions of people affected by the war, and, of course, the humanitarian assistance that is leading to the overall easing of the situation in Yemen and pushing for the achievement of our goals in establishing peace and stability," the ambassador said. The Houthis do not want this peace easily, the distribution of aid is highly politicized and exploited by them. We have seen the Houthis prevent the entry of aid convoys through Hodeidah, carrying food for more than 3.5 million people for a month and have been neglected, but we were happy that the UN officials have recently been able to reach the port after pressure on the Houthis. "

On the newspaper's question about the fundamental disagreement between Britain and the US administration was to include or not to include the conduct of Iran's militias in any nuclear negotiations with Tehran, the paper asked: "Now you are taking an unprecedented and unilateral step, namely the Lebanese Hezbollah's political and military classification On the lists of terror, are you ever closer to the U.S. administration with regard to Iran?  ".

The ambassador replied:  "Our disagreement was on the nuclear deal which we believe is now useful for at least a few years to prevent Iran from acquiring or developing nuclear capabilities, but of course we are fully aware of the seriousness of the conduct of Iran's militias and we want to change it, and if it does not happen on its own, we will push for it so we started classifying Hezbollah on the lists of terror, and we are fully aware that the Iranian threat in the region is dangerous and has serious consequences, such as the spread of extremism and terrorism.

The paper concluded with a question of how Britain saw the shape of Yemen after the war, the ambassador said, "We see it as a united Yemen as seen by Saudi Arabia and the UN resolution, for a very simple and practical reason that other than this solution means greater conflicts I see with my own eyes in every session and meeting with different southern groups. We understand, of course, the demands of Yemenis and their ambitions, and the day must come when they decide their own destiny, but we also know the dimensions of the situation and share this vision with America and Saudi Arabia. Hadramawt different than Abyan, different than Shabwah. Understanding this is very important to understand Yemen, and this will be an important topic for discussion in the future, but we never see any unified and regular position with secession that the all southerners approves , so we will continue to support the Saudi vision, because it is the right choice as long as  the purpose is a stable and safe area and avoide another war after the current bitter war  ".


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