UAE urges world leaders to exert pressure on Houthis

Abu Dhabi has sent more than $6.3 billion in aid to Yemen since 2015

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan, Minister of State, called on the international community to take decisive steps against the Houthis. Photo: Wam

The UAE has called on the international community to exert pressure on the Houthi terrorist group.

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Nahyan, UAE Minister of State, reiterated the UAE's call for other nations to take serious steps against the group, saying they should think about the history that led the situation to develop in Yemen.

The minister took part in a meeting hosted by the Swiss Confederation, Sweden and the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Sheikh Shakhbut praised the UN Security Council for designating the Houthis as terrorists, reminding others that the group are responsible for harming the Yemeni people, especially children who are recruited to fight, and obstructing the delivery of aid to civilians.

“As a result of this blatant intransigence and blatant violation of the international law, the war has continued, adding to the suffering of the Yemeni people,” said Sheikh Shakhbut.

He concluded by emphasising that the UAE supports the UN's work to provide people in Yemen with aid, and will work side by side with international partners to help those affected.

The UAE has provided Yemen with more than $6.3 billion worth of aid since 2015.

“As a result of this blatant intransigence and flagrant violation of international law, the war has continued, adding to the suffering of the Yemeni people”, he said.

The focus has been on supplying food, health services and water, as well as ensuring the continuation of education and electricity for all, especially women and children.

Updated: March 17, 2022, 1:54 PM