Prime Minister: Looting of oil wealth will never be accepted

Prime Minister: Looting of oil wealth will never be accepted

The head of the Sana’a government, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, confirmed on Tuesday that Sana’a would not accept the looting of the Yemeni oil and gas wealth under any justification.

Bin Habtoor said, in a press statement, that Sana’a is exercising its right to defend the interests and wealth of the Yemeni people, and to stop the theft of the people’s funds by those affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition and its tools.

He revealed that the forces loyal to the coalition tried to loot more than $14 billion in oil and gas revenues and deposit them in the National Bank of Saudi Arabia without paying the Yemeni employees’ salaries.

Bin Habtoor vowed, saying: “In the coming times, we will not warn the ships, but rather we will strike them directly, and the world should know that we will not let our people starve while they tamper with the wealth of Yemen.”

He also addressed foreign companies: “If an understanding is not reached with Sana’a to transfer the sums to the Central Bank, dealing will only be with iron and fire.”

For his part, member of the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a, Mohammed al-Nua’imi, affirmed that “Sana’a will go to great lengths to achieve the equation of protecting sovereign wealth, extract the rights of the Yemeni people, and prevent the looting of the oil and gas wealth.”

Al-Nua’imi held foreign companies responsible for any tampering with Yemen’s wealth, vowing to hold the coalition countries behind the looting ships accountable.