The French ambassador to Yemen, Jean-Marie Safa, said Thursday that the Houthis’ refusal to receive the UN Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, in Sanaa is “unacceptable.”
He considered that this shows their rejection of dialogue and therefore peace, and leads to their isolation inside Yemen and from the international scene, calling on the Houthi militia to receive the UN envoy in Sanaa without any conditions.
The French ambassador stressed the need for the Houthis to start opening up to the world, and to others, pointing out that the point that is difficult to deal with in the Houthi ideological thought: the non-acceptance of the other, which “is what stands in the way of national reconciliation and frank dialogue for peace,” as he put it. .
Safa criticized the Houthis’ behavior towards American local employees, describing it as “unacceptable”, expressing his country’s condemnation of the arbitrary detention of two United Nations employees by the Houthis and calling for their immediate release.
The French ambassador said that only the leader of the Houthis, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, can push the group allied with Iran towards peace, and abandon the military option that is leading the stricken Arab country to a dead end, according to an interview with him on the “Yemen Future” media platform.
Safa added that the question today is “How long will the Houthis continue to fight all Yemenis? They cannot say that they are defending Yemen and Yemenis and they are killing Yemenis every day!”
The French ambassador urged the Houthi group and the warring parties in the country to listen to the “very simple” Yemeni message that they want “peace and a state for all. Not a repressive or sectarian state. Rather, a state in the service of the people.”
He added, “If we want to help the entire Yemeni people, this message must be heard. No one party can rule Yemen.”
Until such a response occurs, Safa said that his country, which will take over the presidency of the European Union next month, “will continue to call on all parties to absolute respect for international humanitarian law, because the protection of civilians is a duty imposed on everyone.”
He stressed that French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the Gulf states focused on regional security and stability. The joint statement issued after his visit to Saudi Arabia addressed all regional issues, including Yemen, with a clear message regarding the three references.
He also stressed that the full and comprehensive implementation of the Riyadh Agreement is necessary for the success of the government recognized by the international community.