Anti-Houthi action conforms with Arab League Charter
SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil Al-Araby said here on Thursday the Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” is based on the League’s Charter and previous resolutions on Yemen.
Addressing the meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Al-Araby said: “The military operation targeting specific Houthi targets in Yemen conforms with the Charter of the Arab League and its resolutions on the situation in Yemen.” “It’s also based on Article Two of the Joint Arab Defense Treaty,” he said, adding that the operation came in response with the call of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who represents Yemen’s legitimacy.
The attack came in retaliation for the escalation of Houthi militias against Yemen’s constitutional legitimacy and national will, Al-Araby pointed out.
He appreciated the efforts of Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah during Kuwait’s presidency of the previous Arab Summit.
For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry reiterated his country’s support for Yemen’s constitutional legitimacy and state bodies and establishments, and called for maintaining this Arab nation’s national unity.
He stressed the significance of the Gulf Initiative on Yemen and its executive mechanism, National Dialogue and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement.
“It was imperative for an alliance of Arab countries to respond to the call of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government, just out of solidarity with the Yemeni people and their president and in order to save their will based on the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism,” he said.
He added that Egypt announced its political and military support for the Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” targeting Houthi facilities in Yemen, vowing air, naval and land forces if necessary.
On terrorism, the Egyptian foreign minister emphasized that terrorism should not be only fought through security and military dimensions, but a wider strategy involving economic, social and cultural dimensions should be involved as well.
On Palestine, Shukry reaffirmed that the Palestinian cause would remain to be on the top of Egypt’s priorities until comprehensive and just peace was achieved.
“We will never have rest until a Palestinian state is created with Jerusalem as its capital,” he pointed out.
On Libya, the Egyptian foreign minister hoped that UN-led efforts exerted to resolve the Libyan crisis would bear fruit. On Syria, he reiterated Egypt’s support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis which is entering its fifty year.