Yemen rebel spokesperson: “Dialogue with the West? We speak through Oman”
The attacks in the Red Sea “will continue until the aggression in Gaza ends”. The Houthis reiterate this again through the negotiator and spokesman for the Yemen rebels, Mohammed Abdulsalam. “Military operations in the Red Sea hit Israeli ships headed for Israel – said Abdulsalam in an interview with the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat – The attacks will continue until the aggression in Gaza endsuntil the siege is lifted and until aid reaches the north and south of Gaza.”
Asked whether they intend to start a dialogue to reach an agreement with the West on the Red Sea, the spokesperson replied that “it is an exchange of views is underway with the international community through the mediation of our brothers in Oman“.
“We will continue to stand by the oppressed Palestinian people – he insisted – If the injustice and the siege end, the operations will undoubtedly end”, the attacks by the Houthis, who took control of Sana’a in September 2014. “Our position remains unchanged regarding support for the Palestinian population,” she reiterated.
And, in a veiled reference to Spain which previously vetoed EU participation in the mission in the Red Sea, the spokesperson spoke of “divergences in the international position from one country to another”, but nevertheless “the position that prevails between the countries of the world is to ensure the safety of navigation, that their ships are not exposed to damage.”
“The objective of the attacks is clear – said the Houthi spokesperson – They are a response to the situation in Palestine, which represents a threat to regional, Arab and Islamic peace”.
A crisis which, he stated in the interview, remains distinct from the internal Yemeni one, which remains among the most serious emergencies in the world. Abdulsalam also spoke of the “roadmap” for peace in Yemen and of a meeting between a delegation from Sana’a with Saudi representatives (who support the Yemeni government recognized by the international community), an opportunity that “contributed to overcoming the main obstacles”. And, he underlined, the path towards peace in Yemen “is progressing well”.
The words of the negotiator and spokesperson of the Yemen rebels follow those of their leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who in a TV speech had defined as “evident” the economic losses “suffered by the enemy due to Yemen’s operations”.
“The movements of Israeli ships have completely stopped in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and in the Red Sea and this is our victory”, said Abdul-Malik al-Houthi and reiterated that “the operations will continue as long as the aggression persists Israeli war and the siege of Gaza”.