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Houthis continue to fight despite ceasefire offers because it suits them: UK ambassador to Yemen

July 28, 2021
 Outgoing British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said that the Houthis are continuing to fight because it helps them consolidate their position and pursue societal changes such as brainwashing children and oppressing women. — Courtesy file photo
Outgoing British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said that the Houthis are continuing to fight because it helps them consolidate their position and pursue societal changes such as brainwashing children and oppressing women. — Courtesy file photo

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — Outgoing British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said that the Houthis are continuing to fight because it helps them consolidate their position and pursue societal changes such as brainwashing children and oppressing women.

In a series of tweets, the UK envoy said that the Iran-backed militia is refusing to stop its relentless attacks on Marib despite offers of a ceasefire by the United Nations envoy and Saudi Arabia.

He added: “I hope they will prove me wrong by engaging seriously with the new UN envoy & accepting a ceasefire.

Reflecting on his tenure as the UK envoy to the war-hit country for over three years, Aron said that the war will continue until Yemen's leaders act decisively to end it.

“Outsiders can encourage/facilitate (or obstruct!), but leaders of all factions need to act in the interests of Yemen's people & find a way to stop fighting & live together in peace & security,” one of his tweets read.

Expressing hope for an end to the Yemeni crisis, the outgoing UK envoy said: “Of course it will not be easy. But Yemen is a country with a long history & traditions, an amazing cultural heritage, active political parties and strong civil society, combined with a proud and resilient people. I am therefore confident peace can be achieved."


July 28, 2021
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