SPC member: End of aggression and lifting of blockade necessary before any talks can be held

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Al- Thaera Net

On Monday night, member of the Supreme Political Council Mohammed Ali al-Houthi urged the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to address the new corona virus epidemic Covid-19.

“In an interview envoy Martin Griffiths, we discussed a variety of topics, including the corona virus, the payment of salaries [of state employees] and others,” al-Houthi said in a message.

“The corona epidemic is sweeping the world and threatening humanity,” he said, calling on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to stop the Saudi-led aggression against the Yemeni people and lift the blockade, as the epidemic is spreading all over the world.

He reiterated his call to stop the aggression,  lift the blockade and air embargo before starting any dialogue.

Al-Houthi stipulated that any negotiation should be done “directly with the Saudi-led aggression countries,” and not through channels of the Hadi puppet government.

“The aggression and the blockade have hampered efforts to confront the corona virus ,” he said, adding that Sana’a is ready to work with a joint operations room in Yemen to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The Yemeni people and their leadership are looking forward to peace and offering fair ideas in which there is no bias, out of the public interest of Yemenis,” al-Houthi added.

He continued: “Talking about any dialogue before the cessation of the aggression, the lifting of the blockade, the disbursement of salaries and the implementation of the confidence-building steps promised by the UN envoy previously, is pointless.”

“The continuation of the blockade on Yemen, the closure of Sana’a airport and the ban on the port of Hodeidah, are hindering government efforts to prepare for the corona virus,” he said.

Mohammed al-Houthi called for the release of all prisoners and the immediate start of the delivery of international relief aid in cash to all beneficiaries in Yemen.