YEMEN: ABSTAIN FROM WEAPONIZING THE ECONOMY: UNITED NATION SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFING (23 AUG 21)
Khaled Mohamed Khiari, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), briefs Security Council on the situation in Yemen.
A top United Nations official today (23 Aug) told the Security Council that all parties in Yemen “must prioritize civilian needs and abstain from weaponizing the economy, particularly in light of the critical humanitarian situation in the country.”
Mohamed Khaled Khiari, who is the Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific at the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA), called on the Government of Yemen “to urgently allow the entry of all essential commercial supplies –including fuel ships– to the port of Hudaydah without delay.
For his part, Yemeni Ambassador Abdullah al-Sa’adi said, “the Houthi militias have used Al-Hudaydah and its port as a base to prepare and launch booby-trapped vessels that are remotely operated and to park sea mines, in addition to spreading piracy, which is a danger to regional and international peace and security, especially as it is targeting in an unprecedented manner international navigation and trade routes, which affects the global energy security in one of the most important international maritime water ways and the straits of Bab el-Mandeb. They are also using the Stockholm agreement to destabilize Yemen and the region targeting civilians and civilian objects in Hudaydah.”
Today’s meeting follows the appointment of Hans Grundberg as the Secretary-General’s new Special Envoy for Yemen. He will begin his term next month.