Turkish Ambassador to Jordan Sedat Onal
Turkish Ambassador to Jordan Sedat Onal asserted that his country supported a political solution to thecrisis in Yemen, noting that Yemen was different from Syria and Yemen’s Houthis different from the Daesh militant group.
“The people of the region have favored the choices of freedom, democracy and dignified livelihood against the rule of individuals and single parties,” Onal said at the end of an international security conference in Amman.
The conference was attended by academics and diplomats from several Arab and European countries, as well as the United States.
The Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force in Yemen after overrunning capital Sanaa last September, from which they have sought to establish control over other parts of the country.
The rise of the Houthis has pitted the Shiite group against local Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda, the latter of which is said to still be active in the fractious country.
Late last month, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies began an air campaign against Houthi positions across Yemen.
Riyadh says the airstrikes are in response to appeals by Yemen’s embattled president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, for help against the Shiite group.
Hadi fled to Riyadh last month after Houthi forces attacked his residence in the southern city of Aden, where he had hoped to reinstate his beleaguered presidency.
The Houthis, for their part, have described the Saudi-led offensive as unwarranted “Saudi-American aggression” against Yemen. (Anadolu Ajansi)