James Cleverly condemns Houthi aggression against UAE

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Britain’s Middle East minister condemned strikes on Abu Dhabi by Yemen’s Houthi militias during a parliamentary session on Tuesday after calling on the international community to designate the group a terrorist organization.

Responding to a question from another MP, Cleverly said Houthi leaders were harming Yemen by using its territory to attack the country’s neighbours. In recent weeks, two separate missile attacks on Abu Dhabi have been launched from Houthi bases.

“I would like to remind him that aggressions have been perpetrated by the Houthis, both in Yemen and across borders, both in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” he said. “We call on the Houthis to lay down their arms, to engage in the peace process, so that we can bring peace to Yemen and properly help the Yemeni people lift themselves out of poverty.

“The recent loss of life in Yemen and indeed in countries surrounding Yemen, which have suffered attacks from the Houthis, is terrible,” he added. “At the end of the day, the best thing we can do as a prominent member of the international community and spokesperson for the United Nations is to push for peace in Yemen.

“It will remain a priority for this government to pursue peace through the UN Special Envoy and others so that we can put the country on the road to recovery and out of the hell it is in. currently finds.”

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, told the House of Commons she feared international talks with the Houthis’ main international sponsor, Iran, were on the verge of breaking down. “This negotiation is urgent and progress has not been fast enough,” she said of efforts to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the country’s nuclear program. “We continue to work in close partnership with our allies. But the negotiations are reaching a dangerous stalemate. Iran must now choose whether it wants to make a deal or be responsible for the collapse of the JCPOA.

“And if the JCPOA collapses, all options are on the table.”

Mr. Cleverly was also asked by former Minister Stephen Crabb to recognize the impact for peace of the Abraham Accords signed by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel to enable the mutual establishment of international relations.

The minister said “genuine and joyful” developments were coming from the agreements. “The UK will continue to support the Abraham Accords, continue to support greater collaboration between states in the region,” he said. “Ultimately, this is the best way to seek peace, seek prosperity, and seek freedom for all.”

The latest Houthi attack on Abu Dhabi took place at 4:10 a.m., shortly after the launcher fired two ballistic rockets towards the Emirati capital. Both were shot down by the air defenses protecting the city.

Last week, after a Houthi strike against an Adnoc oil storage plant killed three workers and injured six, the government said it “reserves the right to retaliate”.

A projectile fired at Abu Dhabi International Airport caused a minor fire in an extension area under construction, far from the terminal, without causing any injuries.

Updated: January 25, 2022, 1:51 p.m.

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