TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A spokesperson for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah Movement dismissed comments by the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates who has urged the capture of Yemen’s Hudaydah port, saying the UAE is incapable of waging a war even against a village of Yemen.
In a message in his Twitter account, Mohammad Abdulsalam said the United Arab Emirates cannot wage a war even on a Yemeni village, let alone the Yemeni nation.
Denouncing the UAE-US ties as relations between a colonialist government and one of its regional mercenaries and tools, Abdulsalam said Emiratis could not take any action against Yemen without US support.
He also said that Yemen’s defense against the Saudi-led military coalition has revealed that the UAE lacks any position and significance without Washington’s backing.
The spokesman was responding to comments by UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, who has called for restoring power to Yemen’s former fugitive president and capture of the port city of Hudaydah by force.
“Our strategic goal in capturing Hudaydah is to shorten the war in Yemen,” Gargash told the Policy Exchange think tank in London, adding, “Without a port, without control of the port and its revenues, without access to the sea, the Houthis will come to the table."
“You can’t drive 200 kilometers forwards and then fall back, the only way is Hudaydah is handed over,” the Emirati official said.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 14,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.