Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi yesterday called for the relaunch of the Friends of Yemen support organisation, NY Press reported.
In a meeting with British Minister of State for the Department of International Development, Alistair Burt, Hadi explained his eagerness for peace and the relaunch of group which was set up in 2010 to help bolster international political support for Yemen and to assist Yemeni-led efforts to tackle the underlying causes of instability.
Friends of Yemen is an association of 39 countries launched to provide international political support for the stability of Yemen. It is coordinated by the UK, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. There have been four ministerial meetings with Friends of Yemen, the last was held on September 2012.
Burt highlighted the UK’s support for Hadi and peace in Yemen.
“We welcome and continue to welcome the efforts of peace and the latest proposal of the UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed on the port of Hudaydah and Sana’a International Airport,” Hadi said.
Met with @HadiPresident of #Yemen to discuss the conflict and how best to restore confidence with the Yemeni people. pic.twitter.com/UqlzClgkof
— Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) October 15, 2017
A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia was invited by Hadi to support his government from threats by the Iranian backed Houthi group. The Houthis expanded their territorial gains from the northern city of Saada to the country’s capital, Sana’a, in September 2014.