His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs concludes today his visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, from 6-8 September 2021. During his visit he met with Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Tom de Bruijn, Dutch humanitarian organizations working in Yemen and several political and media figures, writers and intellectuals as well as meeting with the Arab ambassadors accredited to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
During the visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs gave a lecture at the Clingendael Institute and conducted media interviews with a number of Dutch newspapers.
At the meetings, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak briefed Dutch officials about the developments in Yemen, reviewed with them the roots of the war caused by the Houthi militia, explained the reasons for the militia’s obstruction of the political process, and discussed the prospects for a political solution and the requested approach to be followed to reach a lasting and just peace in Yemen, affirming that the three references the Yemeni government adheres for political solution are considered to be basis for reaching a just and comprehensive peace towards achieving the equality among all Yemenis, renounce violence, restore the democratic system and election, and monopolize power only by the state. With that, the security and rights of all citizens will be guaranteed.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak reviewed the Iranian subversive role in Yemen and indicated that the Houthi militia’s partnership with the Iranian agenda aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of Yemen and the Arab region as well as complicating the conflict. Adding that, the militia’s political decision is confiscation by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, hindered reaching a political solution to the conflict. He stressed the government’s keenness to provide full support to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Mr. Hans Grundberg, and its willingness to work with him to reach a comprehensive ceasefire as the most important humanitarian step which will help to address all other humanitarian, political and economic issues.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak reviewed the humanitarian situation in Yemen and the importance of addressing the gap in financing the humanitarian response plan, the continuation of the Houthi drastic aggression on Marib governorate, the humanitarian repercussions of that aggression, the militia’s targeting the residential areas and IDPs camps, and the recruitment of children and illegal immigrants. He refuted the militia’s allegations that there is a siege on Yemen, explaining that the data of the United Nations Investigation and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) confirms that the flow of food, medicine and humanitarian aid continues and unimpeded to the port of Hodeida. Meanwhile, the procedures followed by the Yemeni government are facilitating the oil derivatives flows to all ports of the Republic of Yemen without any discrimination, noting that the Houthi militia is the one who fabricated the oil derivatives crisis by preventing the private sector in areas still under their control from following legal procedures and establishing a black market on a large scale to sell oil at double prices, in order to profit and finance its aggression against the Yemeni people. At the same time, the militia is looting the tax revenues from oil derivatives, where such tax revenues are intended to pay the salaries of employees in the areas under the control of the militia.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak has addressed the issue of the maritime and environmental security at the Red Sea and stressed the importance of putting an end to the threats posed by the Houthi militia to the security of the Red Sea, whether through indiscriminate deployment of sea mines and targeting ships with explosive boats, or through continued procrastination in responding to the international community calls to defuse a major environmental and humanitarian looming disaster through irresponsible actions regarding Safer Oil Tanker issue.
The Republic of Yemen has historical relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands that extend for decades. The Netherlands is currently implementing several humanitarian and development projects in Yemen to help the Yemeni people to overcome the suffering caused by the Houthi coup.
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