British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt made a rare visit to Aden in Yemen on Sunday, a city under the control of the resigning government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. In a video message posted on Twitter, he expressed concern about the intensification of fighting in the country.
He introduced himself in his video with a bulletproof vest, north of the Aden Sea. He said on Twitter that he was the first Western Foreign Minister to visit Aden (south) since the beginning of the conflict in 2015. “I am here because it is the last chance for peace. 80 days have passed since the agreements reached in Sweden, but the warring parties are slow to implement them,” he said.
On 13 December 2018, in Stockholm, representatives of the Yemeni government and Ansarallah (Houthis) reached agreements, including a ceasefire in Hudaydah province (south-west) and the entry by sea of humanitarian aid for the Yemeni population. The Riyadh-led coalition has repeatedly violated the agreements in question by bombarding Ansarallah’s positions.
He advocated on Twitter for the early implementation of the agreement reached in Sweden. “There is a lack of trust,” he lamented. It takes too long to put in place[the agreement] in Stockholm but no one has a better plan, so we have to get to work and put an end to this crisis. »
“It is crucial to evacuate the port of Hudaydah. If the Stockholm Agreement is not implemented within the next few weeks, it will be cancelled. 20 million people are suffering from famine and 80,000 children have lost their lives. This is the worst humanitarian crisis the world has ever experienced. That is why it is urgent that both sides of the conflict take risks and respect the Stockholm Agreement within the next few days,” he warned.
Hunt’s comments come at a time when the United Kingdom is one of the main allies of the Saudi Arabian-led military coalition. It provides it with weapons and ammunition that are used in the strikes against Yemen.
Despite protests from human rights groups and the international community against the massacre in Yemen and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, London still refuses to stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, estimated at £1.1 billion in 2017.