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Yemen repeats peace offer, warns Saudi against aggression

A section of Saudi Arabia's damaged Aramco oil company is seen in this September 20, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Yemen has once again reiterated its willingness to end hostilities with Saudi Arabia provided that the kingdom stops its years-long aggression against the impoverished country.

Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Houthi Ansruallah's Supreme Political Council, said Wednesday that the continuation of the Riyadh regime's war on Yemen was a shame for the international community and posed a great threat to peace and stability in the region.

Mashat made the remarks on the anniversary of Yemen's September 26 Revolution Day, which set the stage for the creation of the modern Republic of Yemen by overthrowing the Saudi-backed rulers of northern Yemen in 1962.

Mashat regretted the fact that the Saudis "irresponsibly" continued to pound various parts of Yemen even after the Houthis put forth their peace offer.

Referring to Saudi Arabia's recent airstrikes that have killed dozens of civilians across Yemen, Mashat said these "mass killings" are indicative of the Riyadh regime's mulishness in the face of the call for cessation of hostilities.

Last Friday, Mashat said the Houthis would end all attacks on Saudi Arabia if the kingdom and its allies agree to end their attacks on Yemen.

The proposal came a week after Yemeni strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations knocked out half of the kingdom’s production.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 in an unsuccessful attempt to reinstall a former regime. Four years later, the coalition has been bogged down in the war, which it had wished to end in a matter of “months.”

Mashat said Wednesday that for peace to be established both countries were required to take action because the conflict had reached a point that it was no longer possible for one side to end it alone.

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