Press release regarding the visit of Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates to the Swiss Confederation       (13-15 September 2021).

Press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs of the Republic of Yemen regarding the visit of Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates to the Swiss Confederation       (13-15 September 2021).

 

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates concluded today his official visit to the Swiss Confederation, that extended from 13-15 September 2021.During the visit His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, Ignacio Cassis, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, Antonio Vitorino, the Director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Dr. David Harland and officials at the center, as well as meeting with the Arab ambassadors accredited to the United Nations offices and international organizations in Geneva, and several media interview to talk about the developments in the Republic of Yemen.

 

During the meetings H.E Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak,

Discussed the bilateral relations between Yemen and Switzerland and ways to upgrade it. He expressed Yemen’s appreciation for the efforts made by Switzerland to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe resulting from the war waged by the Houthi militia against the Yemeni people. He thanked Switzerland’s for hosting three rounds of negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels.

H.E. Dr Binmubarak reviewed the efforts exerted by the United Nations to bring peace and end the Houthi coup based on the three agreed references, stressing the desire of the Yemeni government to cooperate constructively with Mr. Hans Grundenberg, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Touched on the continuous military escalation of the Houthi militia and its recent aggression on Al-Anad base and the commercial port of MOKA, which caused horrible casualties and caused great damage to the port’s vital facilities.

Pointed out, the continuation of the Houthi aggression on the Marib governorate, targeting residential areas and IDPs camps with ballistic missiles and drones, which aggravated the humanitarian catastrophe.

Stressed that the number of displaced people to Marib governorate alone has reached more than two million, most of whom are from areas still under the control of the Houthi militia, to escape the repression, abuse and the hunger policy practiced by the militia.

Addressed the importance of increasing the humanitarian interventions in the governorate to address the needs of the displaced persons & Africans refugees.

Dr. Binmubarak referred to the Houthi militia’s threat to maritime and environmental security in the Red Sea and its irresponsible handling of the Safer oil tanker issue.

Touched on the human rights situation in Yemen, the Houthi militia’s violations of those rights, and the government’s efforts to protect civilians from the scourge of war waged by the Houthi militia against the Yemeni people.

Outlined the militia’s adoption of a policy of repression such as kidnapping,  enforced disappearance, torturing, , recruiting children, abusing women, bombing mosques, schools and opponents’ houses, to terrorize society, and imposing a totalitarian and racist regime.

Reaffirmed the government’s commitment to international humanitarian law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its belief in the universal values and principles of human rights.

Outlined that, the government seeks to address all humanitarian issues by working to reach a comprehensive ceasefire, pointing out the reluctance of the Houthi militia and its refusal to respond to the initiatives and proposals aimed at ending the war.

Stressed the importance of supporting the national mechanism to investigate human rights violations in order to protect those rights and consolidate the principles of Justice and accountability.

Discussed the situation of the displaced persons from the Houthi militia areas to the liberated areas and the refugees from African countries to Yemen. In this regard, he emphasized the need to scale up the humanitarian interventions of the International Organization for Migration in this regard.

Cautioned against the seriousness of recruiting the refugees by Houthi militia and called to consider that as one of the violations that should be added to the militia’s criminal record.

Reiterated the need for the international community to exert maximum pressure on the Houthi rebel militia as they thwart all efforts aimed at achieving peace, and the continuation of its aggression against the Yemeni people and its destabilization of the region.

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