Houthis Slam Khartoum’s Decision to Send More Troops to Yemen
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Houthi Ansarullah movement of Yemen condemned Sudan for seeking to send more troops to Yemen to fight in the Saudi-led coalition that has invaded the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
“The decision by Sudan’s administration to send more forces to Yemen indicates the Khartoum government’s opposition to the establishment of peace and security in Yemen,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, said on Wednesday, Unews Agency reported on its website.
Ansarullah formed the committee in 2015 to run Yemen’s administrative affairs after the former government resigned and its head, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, fled to Riyadh as he faced increasing popular discontent.
Shortly after Hadi fled the country, Saudi Arabia led a number of countries, including Sudan, into a war on Yemen to restore the former regime by force.
The Yemeni official said Sudan wanted to send reinforcements to Yemen while “its president, Omar al-Bashir, was being sought internationally on charges of terrorism and committing some crimes and atrocities in his country, and the Sudanese ruling establishment cannot defend him against the charges.”
Sudan’s Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Awad Mohammed bin Oaf had on Tuesday told a visiting Saudi military delegation in Khartoum that his country intended to keep up its cooperation with the Riyadh-led coalition and even enhance its contribution.
Thousands have died and Yemen has been pushed to the edge of an all-out famine as a result of the war.
On Thursday, the Houthis and the representatives of the former Yemeni government agreed during UN-brokered talks in Sweden to a truce in Yemen’s western province of Hudaydah.
Sudan’s announcement came on the same day as the ceasefire took force.