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Prime Minister Affirms United Nations and Security Council Hold Responsibility for Continued Closure of Sanaa Airport

Prime Minister- Dr. Abdulaziz Saleh Bin Habtoor, affirmed that the United Nations and the Security Council held legal and moral responsibility for the humanitarian consequences caused by the continued closure of Sanaa International Airport to commercial flights. During his meeting on 13th September 2021 with his Deputy for Security and Defense Affairs- Lieutenant-General-Jalal Al-Rowaishan and the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs- William David Greasley, the Prime Minister referred to the incident of the killing of the expatriate Abdul-Malik Al-Sanabani by militias affiliated with the UAE occupier on his way from Aden to Sanaa.

He explained that the incident condemned by the Yemeni people, and the great suffering of travelers through Aden and Seiyoun airports, is a result of the continued closure of Sana’a International Airport without any legal justification or reason, especially in light of Sana’a’s commitment to ICAO conditions with the presence of a UN inspection mission at the airport. The meeting, in the presence of Minister of State- Alia Faisal Abdullatif, discussed the humanitarian situation and ways to enhance and develop joint efforts between Yemen and the United Nations, and the various humanitarian organizations and agencies currently operating in Yemen, to confront the humanitarian challenges and alleviate the aspects of the crushing tragedy that the Yemeni people have been experiencing for nearly seven years and joint work to ensure that it reaches the targeted categories.


Meanwhile, the meeting also addressed the new declaration of donors on Yemen, to be disclosed during the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 22nd, and the positive expectations from it for the benefit of the Yemeni people by reducing their suffering through focusing on creating sustainable job opportunities for the beneficiary segments, in light of the great challenges they face. The national economy as a result of the comprehensive war of the aggression coalition, in the forefront of which is the weakening of the purchasing value of the national currency, and its arrival in the occupied governorates and regions to a catastrophic level.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs affirmed the clear position of the United Nations on Sanaa International Airport and its continuous call to reopen it to commercial flights as a humanitarian necessity for citizens. He also referred to the United Nations' efforts to mobilize the funds from donors and increase their volume for humanitarian and development interventions in Yemen. Greasley praised the ongoing cooperation of the Salvation Government and its keenness to overcome the difficulties and address the problems facing the international and and humanitarian activity in Yemen.


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