Yemen declined to host the Arab League’s annual summit next March, citing the country’s ongoing conflict, the Cairo-based league announced Sunday.
In a statement, league spokesman Mohamad Afifi said Yemen’s Arab League delegate had delivered a verbal message to Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit from Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Mekhlafi regarding the latest developments in the war-torn country.
“The delegate [told Abul-Gheit] that it would be difficult for Yemen to host the summit under the current circumstances,” he said.
In case Yemen does not host the summit, which has been slated for March of next year, the event will be hosted by Jordan.
Yemen has been under brutal US-Saudi aggression since March 2014, where Saudi-led coalition warplanes started to bomb the country’s people and vital infrastructure.