By NY Staff
Qatar has joined two other GCC countries in pulling out their ambassadors from the Yemeni capital Sana’a due to the deteriorating political and security situation in the country. Saudi Arabia on Friday withdrew its diplomatic staff from the Yemeni capital, while the UAE and Spain also announced two days ago that they had suspended operations at their missions in Sana’a.
Doha and Kuwait in fact has withdrawn their diplomatic mission several months ago without issuing an official declaration, Al Araby Al Jadeed reported yesterday quoting a unidentified Qatari sources.
The US France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have also closed their embassies and withdrawn staff for security reasons. And the Turkish foreign ministry “strongly” advised its citizens to leave also, news agencies reported yesterday.
A meeting of the GCC foreign ministers in Riyadh on Saturday urged the “UN Security Council to take a decision under Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter”, which allows the use of military force if there are threats to peace.
They also called for for an urgent meeting of the Arab League and of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
The Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah chaired GCC Ministerial Council’s extraordinary meeting in Riyadh to discuss developments in Yemen.
The Foreign Minister said that the developments of recent weeks puts more responsibility on GCC countries to move swiftly and prevent Yemen from falling into chaos. All parties involved in Yemen must understand that instability in Yemen will breed more violence, and ultimately threaten the unity of the country.
He added all political forces in Yemen must provide the necessary support to the legitimate Yemeni authorities, to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people. He called on the international community and the UN Security Council in particular to take all necessary actions to carry out the will of the people based on the GCC initiative.
In a final communique, the GCC ministers called for immediate international steps to “guarantee the safety of President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khalid Mahfoudh Bahah as well as other officials” who have been under de facto house arrest since January.
The GCC also called on world powers to reject a “constitutional declaration” by the Huthis a week ago, under which they dissolved the government and parliament and tightened their grip on power.
They said they hope ongoing UN efforts in Yemen will lead to an agreement by all parties there based on “preserving legitimacy” and “resuming the political process”.
Failing that, and without elaborating, they said they would take “measures that will enable them to preserve their vital interests in Yemen’s security and stability”.