Yemeni minister hails coalition’s role in restoring normalcy in Aden


Saudi Gazette report

– Yemeni Minister of Public Works Dr. Moeen Abdul Malik said that the Arab Coalition has played a remarkable role in the cessation of hostilities and returning normalcy to Aden after the recent incidents of unrest.

“The Saudi-led coalition enabled the Yemeni legitimate authorities to make major achievements at all levels in restoring stability and defeating the greedy Houthis, who are implementing an Iranian agenda,” he said in a press conference of the Coalition forces in Riyadh on Monday.

Addressing the press meet, Muhammad Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen, said that there would be a qualitative improvement in the delivery of humanitarian assistance after signing of the agreement on Monday with the Yemeni Public Works Ministry to implement a new project for Yemeni ports.

Speaking on the occasion, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the coalition, said that there has been an overwhelming response from the Yemeni government and the social and political groups toward the initiative of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to enforce ceasefire and bring back normalcy to Aden.

He confirmed that humanitarian aid is still entering Yemen through all entry ports. He also revealed that Iran has supplied Houthi militias with weapons to target the international shipping in Bab Al-Mandeb strait.

Al-Malki said Houthi militias target the Hodeidah port with boat filled with bombs, which is a serious threat to shipping and world trade, stressing that there is an international understanding of these threats.

He pointed out that the militias have fired a total of 95 ballistic missiles until now and that coalition forces have thwarted and destroyed all of them. He highlighted that Houthi militias threatened many Yemeni tribes in the past few weeks.

He added that food and medical aid trucks have reached more than 400,000 Yemenis so far from Saudi Arabia. “We have found a consent from all sides in Aden to restore stability to the temporary capital,” said Al-Malki. The spokesman stressed that the Yemeni national army is achieving sequential victories in Al-Jawf on several fronts.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Yousuf Al-Bassam and Yemeni Minister of Public Works and Roads Dr. Moeen Abdul Malik signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding to finance and install four cranes in the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Makhah.

The four new cranes, two in Makha, one each in Aden and Mukalla, are under the comprehensive humanitarian operations plan in Yemen. The cranes will operate with a capacity of 60 tons each, contributing to humanitarian assistance to millions of needy in Yemen and in line with the objectives of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen.

To ensure supplies from the ports of Makha, Aden and Mukalla to those in need in the Yemeni interior, the Coalition Forces command will provide the safe land lanes identified in the plan.