CAIRO, Egypt, Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Hossam Zaki, said, the pan-Arab organisation is optimistic about achieving progress, on the situation in war-torn Yemen.

"In spite of the difficult situation in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis there, we are optimistic that progress could be achieved in the Yemeni file next year," he said, in press statements.

The AL official rebuffed the possibility of holding an Arab-Iranian dialogue, in an endeavour to bring a solution to the Yemeni crisis, noting that Iran is interfering in Arab affairs.

"Threats by Iran do not go in harmony with the calls for dialogue," he pointed out.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war, since the Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily, and seized all northern provinces, including the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The United Nations has listed Yemen, as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.


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