News By/Courtesy: Sneha Suresh | 28 Jan 2024 12:01pm IST


  • Brief recap to what the Yemen war is about
  • Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message
  • Recommendation on how to stop the war


In September 2014, Houthi forces and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and most of the country. On March 26, 2015, the Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi-Saleh forces in support of Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

 As the war has persisted, alliances have ruptured. Houthi forces killed Saleh in December 2017 after clashes broke out in Sanaa. In January 2018, war broke out between Yemeni government forces and United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed Yemeni forces in Aden. Across the country, innocent civilians and bystanders suffered from a lack of the utmost basic services, a crippling economic crisis, and broken governance, health, education, and judicial systems.

 Both sides of this war have harassed, threatened, and attacked Yemeni activists fighting for the people and journalists giving a voice to the wounded and dead. Houthi forces, government-affiliated forces, and the UAE and UAE-backed Yemeni forces have arbitrarily detained or forcibly disappeared scores. Houthi forces have taken hostages. Forces in Aden beat, raped, and tortured detained migrants.

Despite gross evidence of violations and blatant disregard for international law by the parties to the conflict, efforts toward accountability have been woefully inadequate.

 What’s being done now?

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a message to the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, giving him ideas for an initiative to end the war in Yemen.

In this letter, Ahmadinejad suggested that the Saudi Crown Prince set up “the establishment of a committee that includes representatives of internationally trusted personalities concerned with freedom and justice to hold talks and mediate with the two opposing parties (in Yemen) with the ultimate goal of ending the humanitarian crisis and bringing about peace and friendship.

 Addressing Prince Mohammad bin Salman, he said: “I am confident that your eminence will respond to the demands of the people of the region and the human community from you, with a good reflection on the results of this devastating war, you will do a work that you will be praised for and pleases God and His Messenger, may God bless him and his family and companions.”

 There are a humanitarian responsibility and obligation that imposes everyone the pursuit of all of their energy to end this war, crisis, and bring peace, friendship, and cooperation in Yemen, Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes.

 The Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also stated in his message, of which a copy was also sent over to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, that the struggle in Yemen led to the amplification of competition and hostility along with the distance of countries of the region and their peoples from constructive cooperation. Without a shadow of a doubt, the inevitable outcome of this war will be the destruction of land and the killing of innocent people on both sides. No side will truly win. There will be no fruit from all of this.

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author's personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 28 Jul 2020 12:47pm IST

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