A high-ranking official with the administration of Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, says despite his full compliance with Saudi-Emirati diktats, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continue to humiliate and threaten the 76-year-old politician, and do not allow him to return to his war-ravaged country.
“Saudi Arabia and the UAE have insulted, humiliated and weakened president Hadi. They have threatened and prevented him from returning to Yemen,” Vice Speaker of the so-called House of Representatives, Abdul Aziz Jabbari, said.
Jabbari went on to highlight that despite its subservience to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they "do not allow the Hadi government to export either natural gas or crude oil, and to equip the army.”
In another part of his remarks, Jabbari actually echoed the political position of the country's popular Ansarullah movement on the ongoing war in Yemen. Noting that “the call for national salvation and an end to war is directed at anyone. Foreigners cannot defend our country," the official added, "The solution to the Yemen conflict must be political and peaceful."
On Tuesday, former Yemeni prime minister and current Speaker of Shura Council, Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher, wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page that the atrocious Saudi-led military campaign to crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement had come to a dead end, and the Riyadh regime and its allies were about to call it off and declare it a failure.
He said the “military campaign has reached a dead end and it is expected to be declared a failure.”
The spokesman for the Ansarullah movement later reacted to Dagher's remarks, and said Yemeni army troops and Popular Committees fighters were fairly confident from the start that the Riyadh regime and its allies were bound to fail in their military onslaught against Yemen and would obtain none of their objectives.
“Praise be to God! We were quite certain from the onset of the Saudi-led aggression that it was doomed to failure. We informed the Yemeni nation of the fact. We declared that the invasion is not only wicked, but will also make use of proxies to achieve its own goals. We also stated that it would be more in Yemen’s best interests to confront foreign intervention than to encourage it,” Mohammed Abdul-Salam tweeted on Wednesday.
He added, “Years of war proved the rightness of what the Yemeni people went towards. Yemenis will continue to tread the path. It is necessary to stand up against the Saudi-led aggression and siege in order to prevent Yemen from being subjugated to foreign powers. We overtly and covertly invited them to hold negotiations. Our offers, however, fell on deaf ears as they insisted on the war.”
Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and other key Western powers, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
Having failed to reach its professed goals, the war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.
Despite heavily-armed Saudi Arabia’s continuous bombardment of the impoverished country, Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.