Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber. (Supplied))

March 2, 2019

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber condemned Iran’s role in Yemen, criticizing its absence from providing any humanitarian aid at the recent Geneva conference on financing the humanitarian response plan in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait committed themselves to providing the largest share of support to the war-torn country.

“Many countries have provided financial support to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 during the donor conference in Geneva to help the brotherly Yemeni people,” tweeted Al Jaber on his official Twitter account.

“Iran, however, has been absent and continued to provide Houthis with mines and missiles to kill Yemenis, destructing their country and its institutions and failing their hopes in order to serve their project in creating chaos,” he added.

“I delivered a speech during the donor conference for the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 in Geneva, in which I affirmed the historical brotherly relationship with Yemen.”

“I also outlined Saudi continuous support for the relief and economic development plans for Yemenis and its support for the UN response plan by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait,” he added in another tweet.

Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million on Tuesday in humanitarian assistance for Yemen this year, and the UAE also pledged $500 million while Kuwait committed $250 million for the country.

The UN said 40 pledges totalling $2.6 billion were received during the day-long conference, a 30-percent increase from the amount drummed up at a similar conference a year ago.

Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar al-Aryani, for his part, tweeted that Saudi Arabia has allocated $11 billion for Yemen in forms of deposits and grants in order to support the national currency and the central bank, provide periodic financing of humanitarian response plans and oil shipments to support power stations and development sectors.

“Iran, however, was absent during the four years of war, which was triggered by Houthi militias’ coup d’etat and did not provide the country with any humanitarian aid.

“The support given by Tehran regime to Yemen was limited to shipments of smuggled weapons, ballistic missiles, mine-planting experts and improvised explosive devices, which claimed lives of thousands of civilians, in addition to other logistical support for the Houthi militias.”

“Yemenis pay the price of this support every day by suffering increased number of casualties,” the Minister added.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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