No extension of the armistice if salaries are not paid and the siege is completely lifted: Abdulsalam
The head of the national negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, interview with Al-Mayadeen Arabic channel
The head of the national negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdulsalam, affirmed yesterday, Thursday, that the current truce is the last chance for the coalition of aggression, and Yemen will not extend it any further if the salaries of employees and retirees’ pensions are not paid and the siege on Yemen is lifted.
Abdulsalam indicated that “the armistice came for reasons related to the humanitarian situation,” and he said in a television interview with the Al-Mayadeen channel from Moscow, “This is the last time we accept its (meaning the armistice) extension with the current conditions,” pointing out that the lack of a humanitarian solution in regard to the salaries, siege and others are hindering the truce.
The head of the national delegation stressed that this will be the final extension to the armistice in the event that a mechanism is not found to pay the salaries of employees, with the lifting of the siege imposed on Yemen by the coalition of aggression.
He added: We demand the natural rights of the Yemeni people and consider that non-payment of employee salaries constitutes a crime against our people. He also stressed that a comprehensive ceasefire will not be reached if the humanitarian files are not resolved, and the aggression, siege and occupation end.
He pointed out that Yemen’s oil is looted and supplied to Saudi banks, and the salaries of employees are not spent from the country’s wealth that is being looted.
“We have given the initiative to pay the salaries, and opened a bank account for the revenues of Hodeidah, on the condition that the other side covers any shortages, and they refused,” Abdulsalam noted.
He explained that “companies contact us, and we say that no facility can operate if it is not for the benefit of the Yemeni people.” Abdulsalam stressed that “companies that plunder the wealth of Yemenis will be in the military targeting after the end of the truce,” warning that “ If the truce ends without reaching a clear agreement, we will target those who target us, and this means the return of war, perhaps with greater intensity than it was in the past.
“There can be no solution with the presence of occupation forces, siege and aggression,” he added.
He said: How do we accept the closure of our ports and the ports of the aggression countries are open, and this is what we have worked on previously and will work on it after the end of the truce.
The head of the national delegation pointed out that the military parades and political discourse confirm the continuation of the mobilization and the declaration of readiness to confront any development and any failure of the armistice, and stressed that Yemen possesses capabilities that have proven their effectiveness in Abu Dhabi and Saudi lands, explaining that if the truce fails, they will need to to be ready for any military escalation imposed on them.
The head of the national delegation welcomed the steps taken by Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore ties, indicating that any Iranian and Saudi understanding is positive and it is encouraged. He explained this is because this breakthrough does not serve the Americans or the Israelis, as it contradicts their interests.
Abdulsalam reiterated Yemen’s firm position in support of the Palestinian cause, stressing that Yemen’s people and leadership are present to stand with the Palestinian people with all they can.
Regarding his visit to Moscow, he stressed that “the visit to Moscow comes in an exceptional and sensitive circumstance to find a vision that will benefit the people of Yemen at such a stage.” He commented that “there is a realization that Yemen represents a strategic point at the regional and international levels.”
He explained that “the aggression against Yemen is led by the US, Britain, and the West,” noting that “Washington is managing the Yemeni file from behind to serve the interests of Israel, and the narrow interests of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
“There are new challenges that we share with Russia, Iran, the countries of the axis of resistance, and other countries affected by American hegemony,” noting that “there is a change in the regional and international mood, and Saudi Arabia is aware that American protection is no longer guaranteed,” Abdulsalam said.