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Saudi war impossible without US support: Yemeni PM

Yemen's Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour

Yemen's prime minister tells Press TV that Saudi Arabia would not have been able to wage a war on the impoverished country without support from the United States.

"Saudi Arabia and any other developing country would not be able to wage airstrikes without US logistical support to refuel fighter jets, something which is no secret," Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour told Press TV's Mohammed al-Attab in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.

"The US weapon sales are another evidence of such involvement" in the warfare, he added.

Aside from the logistical support, the US has been lavishing sophisticated weaponry upon Saudi Arabia since March 2015, when the latter attacked Yemen to restore its Riyadh-allied former government.

The weapon sales include a $110-billion deal signed last May when US President Donald Trump visited the kingdom in his maiden foreign visit.

More than 13,600 people have died since the invasion began, and Yemen has turned into the scene of the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemenis check the damage in the aftermath of a reported airstrike in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, March 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Habtour said Yemen is facing the war to achieve independence. "Otherwise, it will stay under US and Saudi domination," he said.

The Yemeni prime minister said his country has the right to self-determination and to establish relations with the whole world without any exception based on respect.

"We don't want to export any rebellion or revolution to any country. We want to live in peace with the world within our internationally-recognized borders," he said. 

Habtour also addressed Saudi and US accusations that his country was receiving arms support from Iran.

"We do not mind to receive Iranian support, but Iran has its own difficulties. Iran is under a US siege. Iran is backing our positions through media means and on the political arena," he said.

"Regarding the ballistic missiles that we have," he said, "it's something known that most of them were bought from Russia in the past." 

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