YEMENI PRESIDENT HAILS ARAB LEAGUE’S SUPPORT FOR LEGITIMATE GOVT

CAIRO-- Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Tuesday hailed the position of the Cairo-based Arab League (AL) that supports the legitimate government in Yemen, AL spokesperson Mahmoud Afifi said in a statement.

The Yemeni president's remarks came during his meeting with AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in the Egyptian capital Cairo where they discussed the recent developments in war-torn Yemen.

"The meeting addressed all dimensions of the Yemeni crisis and the ruinous role played by Iran in undermining the stability of such a key Arab state through supporting coup militias and smuggling arms to Houthis in violation of UN Security Council resolutions," said the statement.

Aboul-Gheit assured Hadi that the pan-Arab body will continue defending the legitimate government in Yemen, it said.

During his visit to Cairo, the Yemeni president met on Monday with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who reiterated Egypt's commitment to supporting the Yemeni legitimate government and continuing efforts to realize stability in the conflict-stricken country.

Sisi also stressed that the security of Yemen is important to Egypt's national security as well as the stability of the entire region.

"Egypt rejects using Yemen to threaten navigation in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb Strait," said the Egyptian president after meeting with Hadi, who is currently in exile with his internationally-recognized government.

Yemen has been engaged in a civil war since the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who helped overthrow Hadi, seized most of the Yemeni northern provinces in late 2014 including the capital Sanaa.

Meanwhile, the pro-Hadi forces control the rest of Yemen, including the southern major city of Aden.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab military alliance has launched airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen in support of Hadi's legitimacy.

More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war and more than three million others displaced, according to UN reports.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK