The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, warned that the recent Houthi military escalation on Marib, exacerbates the seriousness of the humanitarian situation, especially for the displaced, and threatens with new waves of displacement.
Saba news agency reported that bin Mubarak discussed, at Egmont Palace, with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Willems, ways to strengthen and develop bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, and international efforts to support the peace process in Yemen.
He praised the distinguished historical relations between Yemen and Belgium, which today mark the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic representation between the two countries, praising the support provided by the Kingdom of Belgium to Yemen in various fields and levels, especially with regard to humanitarian aid and support for the peace process.
Bin Mubarak reviewed with Wilms the developments of the peace process in Yemen in light of international efforts to end the war launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
Pointing out that with the signing of the Stockholm Agreement, the government made many concessions from the position of responsibility, and in return, the Houthis continued to escalate, starting with the militarization of the city of Hodeidah, passing through the terrorist attack on the government of competencies upon its arrival at Aden Airport, and ending with the continuous military escalation of the Houthis in Marib, which led to The killing of hundreds of civilians, women and children, and exacerbated the humanitarian catastrophe, especially for the displaced.
Bin Mubarak explained that the Houthi militias insist on creating the largest humanitarian crisis by continuing their aggression against the Ma’rib governorate, which reflects a prosperous model for a united republican Yemen by its transformation from a city with a small population to a city that accommodated millions of Yemenis fleeing the inferno and violence of these militias, noting that Ma’rib governorate It received more than two million displaced people.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that the continuous aggression and criminal acts by the Houthi militias do not reflect a serious desire to achieve peace. He stressed that the Houthis must realize that after seven years of their coup against the political process, Yemen cannot be controlled militarily, and that only a political solution will bring Peace.
Bin Mubarak touched on the blackmailing of the international community by the Houthi militias by fabricating humanitarian crises, increasing the suffering of citizens, creating obstacles for international organizations and preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid, as well as their rejection of all calls to address the problem of the Safer oil tank, which may cause the largest environmental disaster that will not happen. It affects the Yemeni coasts only, but all countries in the region.
Minister bin Mubarak also denounced the grave violations committed by the Houthi militias against all segments of the Yemeni people, noting that these militias committed violations against minorities and women, including displacement, torture and rape that Yemeni society had never known before, in addition to their recruitment and exploitation for children .. warning of the danger of the absence of a firm international stance towards this type of violations.
He called on the Kingdom of Belgium and the international community to take firm stances towards the perpetrators of this type of grave violations of human rights.
For her part, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed her country’s support for international efforts aimed at achieving peace in Yemen, stressing the importance of agreeing on a comprehensive ceasefire to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed her support for the Yemeni government and the readiness of the Kingdom of Belgium to provide all aspects of assistance that would enable the government to restore stability, activate institutions, and deliver services to citizens, stressing her country’s position in support of the unity, security and stability of Yemen.