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Yemen: US peace claim ‘desperate attempt’ to cover up crimes, systematic terrorism against Yemenis

Children play in front of an UNESCO-listed building in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, on November 14, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Yemen’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the US hypocrisy over the Saudi war, saying Washington claims to be promoting peace while it is practically supporting the bloody war in a bid to deceive the public opinion about its crimes against the impoverished nation.

In a statement carried by Saba news agency, the ministry said the statements and positions by a number of American officials are based on “double standards,” as they pretend to be calling for an end to the war, while actually pursuing their hostile and oppressive policies against Yemen and its people.

“The phony hype and false claims of the United States about its efforts to achieve peace in Yemen are merely a desperate attempt to deceive the public opinion in the US and other countries,” the statement read.

“The US hype is merely a cover for the country’s crimes and systematic terrorism against Yemen.”

It further criticized the US government’s role in directing and supporting the Saudi-Emirati war coalition, saying it has imposed an economic war, famine, and blockade on Yemen and based terrorist and extremist elements there.

Speaking at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain’s capital on Saturday, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin claimed that his country is working “to end the tragic war in Yemen … and to end the suffering of the Yemeni people.”

Without referring to the Saudi crimes against the Yemenis, he called on the Ansarullah movement to “stop their attacks, both on Saudi territory and inside Yemen.”

Also in its statement, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry called on Washington to reconsider its stance on the Yemeni people, align its policies with human, moral and legal principles and responsibilities, and support Yemen’s sincere attempts to achieve real, comprehensive and lasting peace for the Yemenis, the region, and the world.

The international community, it added, must recognize the fact that Sana’a is an active party that offers initiatives, which support peace opportunities and guarantee stability and security in the region.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states.

The aim was to return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the popular Ansarullah movement which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces have in recent months gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in Yemen.

Throughout the course of the war, the United States has supported and armed Saudi Arabia. Despite his February promise to end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” US President Joe Biden has recently approved $650 million worth of weapons purchases to Saudi Arabia.

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