World Qatar welcomes end of anti-Houthi offensive in Yemen

Qatar welcomes end of anti-Houthi offensive in Yemen

Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri briefs journalists on the Saudi-led coalition's strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen
Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri briefs journalists on the Saudi-led coalition’s strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen

(AA) – Qatar has welcomed the end of a Saudi-led military operation against Yemen’s Shiite Houthi militant group and the start of the so-called Operation Restoring Hope to end the Yemeni crisis.

“The [military] operation was in response to the will of the people of Yemen and the Yemeni government to support and protect the legitimacy and Yemeni people from practices of the armed militias and their agents,” the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.

The release asserted that all the anti-Houthi operation’s objectives have been achieved.

“The Foreign Ministry calls on the coalition countries and all parties in Yemen to support the process of ‘Restoring Hope’ in its both diplomatic and military sides, in order to restore security and stability of Yemen and the region,” it added.

Earlier Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition, which included Qatar, announced the end of its military operation against the Houthis, saying operation objectives have been achieved.

The move came at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his “legitimate government,” coalition spokesman Ahmed al-Asiri told a press conference in Saudi capital Riyadh.

He added that the coalition reserves the right to resume its attacks should the need arises.

The coalition spokesman also announced the start of Operation Restoring Hope as of Wednesday, noting that it would be a mixture of political, diplomatic and military efforts.

According to Asiri, the objectives of the new operation will be to resume the political process in Yemen, prevent Houthis from conducting operations inside Yemen, protect civilians and support and facilitate evacuation and relief operations.

On March 25, Saudi Arabia and several Arab allies launched a military offensive against the positions of Houthi militants across Yemen.

Riyadh said the campaign came in response to Hadi’s appeals to “save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi militias.”

The Houthis, for their part, have decried the offensive as unwarranted “Saudi-American aggression.”

Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when Houthi militants overran capital Sanaa, from which they sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

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