Yemeni Foreign Minister: Saudi airstrike campaign proves Riyadh knows it is losing

Yemeni Foreign Minister: Saudi airstrike campaign proves Riyadh knows it is losing

Yemen’s Foreign Minister has said Saudi Arabia’s intensified attacks on the war-wracked country “show the inability of the Saudi Arabia in the face of the Sana’a government, whose forces have continued to liberate areas under the control of Saudi-backed mercenaries.”

“The bombardment [of Yemen] and the repetition of what has happened since the beginning of the aggression is a manifestation of [Saudi Arabia’s] helplessness,” Hisham Sharaf told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network on Sunday.

“The current escalation on several fronts comes as the Saudi coalition reached the conviction that it has failed to put pressure on Sana’a,” he added.

The Yemeni minister emphasised that the Yemeni forces are ready to respond to any escalation.

At the same time, Sharaf expressed his country’s readiness for dialogue and reaching “a just peace,” but stressed that the Saudi-led coalition must first stop its attacks on Yemen and open the Sana’a Airport and Yemen’s ports as a gesture of goodwill.

“We extend our hand for peace, but for a just peace,” he remarked. “Open Sana’a Airport and [Yemen’s] ports, and those would be gestures of peace, but moving towards peace [talks] while bombing us and showing us [your] muscle will not help.”

The Yemeni minister explained that Sana’a International Airport is a civilian airport and “has nothing to do” with the nearby al-Dailmi airbase.

“Bombing Sanaa Airport means that they don’t want to normalise the situation in Yemen or move towards peace.”

Sharaf also stressed, “We do not accept domination, neither from Saudi Arabia, nor from the UAE, nor any other country, and therefore we will continue our efforts despite all obstacles.”

The Yemeni Foreign Minister’s remarks come as Saudi fighter jets have continued to target the Yemeni capital Sana’a, to make up for Saudi defeats in other areas.

Source: Al-Ahed News