President Mahdi al-Mashat urges UN to finally take responsibility

President Mahdi al-Mashat urges UN to finally take responsibility

President of the Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, has on Tuesday called on the United Nations to pressure the aggression coalition countries, led by the United States of America, to lift the siege and allow fuel ships to enter the port of Hodeidah.

This came during his meeting in Sana’a with the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, William David Grisley.

In the meeting, President al-Mashat touched on the human tragedy experienced by all the Yemeni people as a result of the siege, especially medical patients, many of whom have died because they were unable to travel abroad for treatment due to the blockade of Sana’a International Airport.

He stressed that the US blockade of Yemen is a war crime that affects the lives of more than 25 million Yemeni people.

Regarding the floating oil storage platform Safer, President Mahdi al-Mashat expressed his regret at the United Nations’ retreat from the implementation of the urgent maintenance agreement and the comprehensive evaluation of the tanker.

He noted that this retreating increases the possibility of the Red Sea environment being exposed to the risk of extraordinarily horrible pollution, stressing that “the United Nations must abide by what has been agreed upon to find a final solution to this file.”

An oil spill from the Safer oil tanker could mean one of the worst environmental disasters in human history, according to experts, directly threatening the lives of millions of people and countless wildlife. The Safer has not seen proper upkeep and maintenance efforts since 2015, as a result of the Saudi-led invasion and blockade making necessary repairs impossible.