Top Yemeni diplomat: Saudi Arabia's fear of a stable Yemen is illogical, and its interests lie in ending the aggression

Top Yemeni diplomat: Saudi Arabia's fear of a stable Yemen is illogical, and its interests lie in ending the aggression


The head of the national delegation and spokesman for Ansarullah, Mohammad Abdulsalam, confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s fears of the rise of a strong and independent Yemen are not logical and no one can provide guarantees to Riyadh that will quell these…

The head of the national delegation and spokesman for Ansarullah, Mohammad Abdulsalam, confirmed that Saudi Arabia’s fears of the rise of a strong and independent Yemen are not logical and no one can provide guarantees to Riyadh that will quell these fears; because this would require that Yemen remains under foreign guardianship.

He pointed out that the mercenaries are working to amplify these fears for their own ends, at the expense of the security and national interests of Yemen.

Abdulsalam stressed that settling the humanitarian file is still the first prerequisite for any mutual understanding between the two states, and that things depend on the Saudi regime’s handling of the requirements at this stage.

Irrational  fears

In an interview published by the “Majal” forum, in a paper titled “Does the new Yemen represent a threat to Saudi Arabia?”, Abdulsalam said: “Saudi Arabia’s fears of a strong independent Yemeni state are unrealistic and illogical, because there is supposed to be a vision on the Saudi side for Yemen to be a strong state.”

He added: “We believe that the concerns of the Saudi side, considering that it is a fait accompli, are due to Yemen’s strategic location, the huge human density and the large resources that are still pristine, as well as the historical relations, which were affected by many fluctuations and problems.”

Abdulsalam pointed out that even in the historical context, it was the Saudi’s who attacked Yemen, crossed historical borders, and launched multiple wars against them, while Yemen has always been in the position of a defender.

He explained that “the Saudi regime fears even countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council and other countries in the region that they are independent and strong, so how about #Yemen, the largest area after the Kingdom in the peninsula, in terms of area, human density, capabilities and strategic location.”

Abdulsalam added, the existence of a strong and stable state in #Yemen means dispensing with the guardianship or need of any other state, and that considering this matter as a source of concern expresses an incorrect reading. Because “Saudi Arabia’s real interest is for Yemen to have an independent, stable and prosperous state as well.”

Abdulsalam stressed that “there is no party that can provide guarantees for the Kingdom’s fears of the existence of an independent and sovereign state in Yemen.

“One of the main factors for the collapse or lack of a real state, is that the state is being run from outside and not managed from within in accordance with its strategic interests and obligations to its people, because it makes the need or demands of the outside more important than the interests of the interior.  And this was the problem of the recent regimes that were dependent on the outside, so they have not been able to achieve any strategic interests for Yemen.”

“Therefore, it is difficult to provide guarantees for such concerns about sovereignty and independence, but if there are other concerns related to borders, neighborhood and security, it is natural that there should be attention to discussing such issues between the two countries as it happens between any other countries,” he said.

This reading illustrates the impossibility of achieving the goals of the aggression against Yemen, because it is based on these illogical fears, which can only be secured by keeping Yemen under foreign tutelage, which the Yemeni people will continue to reject at all costs.

Mercenaries amplify Saudi fears to gain Saudi investment

In the context of discussing Saudi concerns as well, he said that “in addition to the unclear vision of the Saudi side towards Yemen, there is a role for some mercenaries who stand by Saudi Arabia in amplifying many fears and drawing in many regional conflicts in the Yemeni arena.”

He explained that this role played by mercenaries “makes Saudi Arabia not look at opportunities for peace.”

Tackling the humanitarian file is a priority and the ball is in Riyadh’s court

On the truce file, he told “Majal Forum” that the end of the truce came as a result of the end of previous agreements made under the auspices of the United Nations, considering that they have completed or exhausted their options, and the payment of salaries for state employees has become a fundamental demand for Sana’a.

He pointed out that the ball is in the court of the Saudi regime, because “relations between Sana’a and Riyadh are mainly linked to the position of the latter and the way they deal with it, as Sana’a is in a position of defense, and this is clear.”

This talk bears a clear confirmation of the stability of the national position and impossibility of changing the conditions of renewing the truce, specifically the payment of salaries and lifting of the blockade, demands which the countries of aggression and their international sponsors are trying to pressure Sana’a to abandon.

To reinforce this assertion, the head of the national delegation explained that “Riyadh is the one who leads a large international coalition, and it is the one who works in the international corridors to continue the siege on Yemen and diplomatic pressure, backed by the United States of America and Britain.”

Regarding the recent mutual understandings and visits of delegations, Abdulsalam explained that “it is normal for meetings and visits to take place between the parties at the humanitarian, political and similar levels.”

He added: “We support these trends, and the most important thing is that there is a trend for all humanitarian aspects, not only the prisoners’ file, which is one of the basics, but also the opening of airports and ports, the lifting restrictions on goods and lifting of the unjust blockade on Yemen. These humanitarian factors are the first station that should be the title of any understandings, visits or meetings with the Saudi side.”

International developments represent an opportunity to realize the need to end the aggression

With regard to the changes in the international and regional arena, and their relationship to the Yemeni file, Abdulsalam stressed that “any international or regional developments or certain differences with the Saudi regime or others may have a certain impact on the Yemeni file or on Yemen. However, we believe it is not that big of an impact, because the angle from which the American and British as well as, unfortunately, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not different from the common vision between the parties, in which different interests intersect.

This is depending on the level the Saudi side, in which can realize that the war and aggression on Yemen is no longer in favor of the Saudi regime, the future relations between the two countries, or the future of the two peoples.”

He added: “We hope that such developments will be an opportunity to reassess the situation in Yemen, for the sake of peace and stability,” stressing that the interest of the two countries lies in understanding, coexistence, dialogue and the removal of problems.

 Translated by Emad Al-Marshahi