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Arab Parliament calls on world to prevent Iran from violating Yemen's sovereignty

21:47 28 December 2017 Author :  

CAIRO (KUNA) -- The Arab Parliament on Thursday urged the international community to shoulder its responsibility in face of the Iranian regime and prevent it from breaching Yemen's national sovereignty, arms trafficking and destabilizing regional security.

The stance was expressed in a resolution issued at conclusion of the Arab Parliament meeting, devoted for the Yemeni crisis and Houthi militias' threats to neighboring countries as well as global security.

The AP called for compelling Iran abide by UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 and holding it responsible for its criminal acts and threats to regional and international peace as well as to sea navigation, global trade and economy.

The parliament condemned continuous ballistic missile attacks by the Houthi militias on Riyadh -- latest of which was in December.

It called on the Security Council to pressure the Houthi groups to accept engagement in a political process and hand over power to the legitimate authority, according to the UNSC references, namely resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the Yemeni national dialogue.

Moreover, the Arab Parliament appealed to the UN to intervene and stop the Houthis from using schools and hospitals for stockpiling arms and deter them from unleashing ballistic missiles on neighboring countries.

"The criminal acts perpetrated by the rebellious Houthi militias with Iran's support pose a threat against the human race, global and regional peace and security," the AP resolution affirmed.

Unleashing the ballistic missiles toward Islamic and Saudi sanctities, threatening the cities and capitals of neighboring Arab countries, namely the UAE, are acts that threaten to jeopardize the Arab nation's security, it said.

Recent events in Yemen namely killing the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a brutal manner by the armed Houthi militias signal further complications in the Yemeni situations, it said.

Furthermore, the Houthi militias have been threatening sea navigation and global trade with attacks by missiles, booby-trapped boats and Iranian pilotless aircraft, smuggled through routes for dispatching relief supplies.

The parliament condemned the Houthis' failure to sit at the negotiating table for reaching a political solution to the crisis and rejecting all initiatives put forward by the UN envoy. "Such an approach reveals the criminal face of this militia and the blessing given by the Iranian regime which has sectarian and expansionist schemes in the region and the world." It re-affirmed support for the legitimate government, headed by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and backing for Yemen's territorial sanctity, stability and independence.  

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