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Saudi side insincere in Yemen peace talks: Houthi leader



Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement Abdel Malek al-Houthi has criticized the Saudi-backed delegates in the ongoing UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait, saying they are “insincere.”

Houthi said while negotiations are underway to reach a solution and put an end to Yemen’s conflict, Saudi Arabia is pressing ahead with its deadly military attacks against the country.

He lambasted Saudi airstrikes as “unjustifiable,” saying a solution to the Yemeni crisis would have been at hand if the Saudi-backed negotiating team had demonstrated goodwill and exercised rationality.

The Houthi leader blamed the “obstinacy of aggressors and pro-Riyadh mercenaries” for the lack of progress in the negotiations. He also accused them of indiscriminately targeting women, children and the elderly in Yemen.

A handout picture released by the Kuwaiti Information Ministry on April 22, 2016 in Kuwait City shows members of Yemeni delegations taking part in a meeting as part of UN-brokered peace talks. (Via AFP)

Houthi said his Ansarullah delegates have always followed a sound and reasonable approach during the course of the talks with the opposite side.

He also denounced the position of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, as “biased.”

A Yemeni boy carries a ladder in front of buildings that were damaged in Saudi airstrikes in the UNESCO-listed old city of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, March 23, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Ansarullah’s leader pledged that the movement will remain steadfast in the face of Saudi Arabia’s military onslaught against Yemen. Houthi praised Ansarullah members and fighters from Popular Committees as he called for unity among the Yemenis.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured in the aggression.

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