Riyadh – Saudi Arabia has warned that neighbouring Yemen risks sliding towards further violence which could damage regional security, after fighters from Shia Ansarullah party overran the capital last week.
Prince Saud al-Faisal, the kingdom’s Foreign Minister, called at the United Nations for immediate implementation of a UN-brokered peace deal which he said had been flouted by the insurgents, local media reported on Monday.
The advanced by fighters from their stronghold in northwestern mountains to the capital Sanaa last month, then seized key state installations with little or no resistance on September 21.
Under the peace deal signed that same day, they are supposed to withdraw once President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi names a new prime minister.
“The Republic of Yemen is facing a situation which is developing in an extremely serious way and which requires us to come together to meet this unprecedented challenge,” Prince Saud told the UN General Assembly in New York.
He cautioned that if a solution is not found, Yemen “could slide towards more violence” liable to affect regional and international security.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries back US backed Yemen’s President Hadi.
Yemeni authorities repeatedly accuse Iran of backing Ansarullah, which also appear influenced by Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah.
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