France on Thursday firmly condemned the action of de-stabilisation by Houthi-led rebels in Yemen and expressed once again its support for the legitimate Yemen government under President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a Foreign Ministry statement said.
France also called on all supporters of the Houthi rebels to stop this support and return to political dialogue.
The Foreign Ministry statement followed the intervention by a broad Arab coalition, supported by other nations, including Turkey, to support President Hadi and to combat the Houthi rebellion that has taken place in the north of Yemen but is threatening also many areas in the south.
“Military operations were carried out during the night by several countries in the region in response to a request from the legitimate authorities in Yemen,” Paris said.
“France reaffirms its support to the government of Yemen and to President Hadi,” it added.
The Foreign Ministry here also said that France “firmly condemns the destabilisation actions carried out by the Houthi rebellion and calls on those that are supporting it to dissociate themselves from it immediately and come back to the political process.”
Paris expressed ongoing concern about the situation created by the Houthi rebellion and expressed solidarity with all in the region who are seeking to end the ongoing instability.
“Faced with this worrying situation, France stands by the side of its partners in the region in order to restore stability and unity in Yemen,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“I affirm complete support” for the campaign, he said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers. “It is an operation against targets belonging to the Huthis who committed a coup.”
Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shiite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president Thursday.
“I’m convinced that military action is not a solution,” Mogherini said in a statement. “At this critical juncture all regional actors should act responsibly and constructively, to create as a matter of urgency the conditions for a return to negotiations.”
British Minister of Defense , Michael Fallon confirmed on Thursday that his country has carried out 194 air raid on ISIS organization’s site.
Michael Fallon pointed out that his country has trained one thousand soldiers in Iraq.”.
Fallon said in remarks before the defense committee of the British House of Commons, that his country would play a pivotal role in facing ISIS organization in Iraq, through air strikes and training Iraqi forces. “
The British defense secretary expressed his rejection for a parliamentary report that criticized the “shy and humble role ” of Britain in facing “ISIS.”
He added that “British troops have carried out 194 air strikes against” ISIS “in Iraq and sent 140 officers to train more than one thousand Iraqi soldier.”
British defense minister explained that “military operations led by Britain, involve about 600 military men at various levels.”
Fallon revealed providing more than 400 tons of military equipment and ammunition to Iraqi forces. “
He pointed out that Britain is leading the international coalition program against ISIS and contributes in training Iraqi forces to detect and dismantle improvised explosive devices.
The minister, in response to one of the results of the parliamentary report that the government has a clear strategy against ISIS which is reducing this extremist organization’s threats against Britain’s security and interests in the Middle East through direct confrontation across the international coalition to repulse its ideology in indirect ways.
Fallon noted that Britain also provided humanitarian aid worth some 40 million pounds of Iraq, as well as support for Prime Minister ,Haider al-Abadi in his efforts to achieve political reconciliation and economic reforms.
Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported.
Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country’s Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.
“The Saudi-led air strikes should stop immediately and it is against Yemen’s sovereignty,” the Students News Agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.
“We will make all efforts to control the crisis in Yemen,” Zarif said, according to the agency’s report from the Swiss city of Lausanne where he is negotiating with six world powers to resolve a years-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran called for an end to the military operation.
“Iran wants an immediate halt to all military aggressions and air strikes against Yemen and its people,” Fars quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying.
“Military actions in Yemen, which faces a domestic crisis, … will further complicate the situation … and will hinder efforts to resolve the crisis through peaceful ways.”
Violence has spread across Yemen since last year, with Houthi militia seizing Sanaa and sidelining U.S. ally President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. It has made Yemen a front in Saudi Arabia’s region-wide rivalry with Shi’ite-dominated Iran.
Tehran denies providing money and training to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, as alleged by some Western and Yemeni officials.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen called on Monday for Gulf Arab help to prevent the Houthis from gaining control of its Yemeni airspace.
Afkham warned that the Saudi-led “aggression is a dangerous move which is in violation of international responsibilities for respecting the sovereignty of countries. It will lead to the spread of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East region.”
Negotiations between Iran and six powers in Lausanne are aimed at striking a detailed political understanding by the end of March and reach a full agreement by June 30.
Saudi Arabia fears that the atomic deal would leave the door open to Tehran gaining a nuclear weapon, or would ease political pressure on it, giving it more space to back Arab proxies opposed by Riyadh.
“I am concerned by the impact of regional and international events on the nuclear talks,” Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters in Lausanne, saying there were people “who are trying to ensure there is no deal.”
On Wednesday, Baghdad Operations Command announced, that 54 terrorists have been either killed or injured in an operation by the security forces in eastern al-Karma.
Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, “Our security forces have managed to kill 49 terrorists and wound 5 others in a security operation in eastern al-Karma,” pointing out that, “The operation has also resulted in destroying 7 hideouts for the terrorists and cleansing the area of 32 explosive devices.”
Turkey said on Thursday it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its “foreign supporters” to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.
The Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement that Saudi Arabia had informed Ankara about the operation beforehand and that it believed the operation would revive legitimate state authority and prevent the risk of civil war.
Four Egyptian naval vessels have crossed the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to secure the Gulf of Aden, maritime sources at the Suez Canal said on Thursday.
The sources said they expected the vessels to reach the Red Sea by Thursday evening.
Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck the Shi’ite Muslim rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president on Thursday, a gamble by the world’s top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard without direct military backing from Washington.
Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkır informed the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Political Committee on the European Union of Turkey’s EU accession process in Rome on Wednesday.
Before the beginning of the meeting, Chairperson of Italy’s Senate and Chamber EU policies Committees Michele Bordo said Italy is “convinced” that Turkey “needs to be in the EU.”
“Turkey is playing an important role in the stability of the Middle East and Mediterranean with its history, culture and strategic location. Turkey can make a meaningful contribution to Europe’s economic growth and the expansion of its values.”
Bozkır also met with Italian Secretary of State for EU Affairs Sandro Gozi on Turkey’s EU accession progress report.
During his visit to Italy, Bozkır will exchange views on Turkey’s EU negotiation process and bilateral relations between Turkey and Italy.
After signing a partnership agreement with the European Economic Community in 1963, Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987 and accession talks began in 2005.
To gain membership, Turkey must successfully conclude negotiations with the EU in 35 policy chapters, which include reforms and the adoption of European standards.
So far, 14 chapters have been opened, while 17 remain blocked and another four have yet to be discussed.
Bozkır visited Brussels on March 20 to pave the way towards opening Chapter 17 regarding economic and monetary policies. He also called for the opening of Chapter 15 regarding energy.