The legitimate Yemeni government held the terrorist Houthi militia responsible for the failure of the prisoner and detainee exchange consultations that ended in Jordan, a month after they were held, without achieving any progress.
The coup militia, Iran’s arm in Yemen, continues to deepen the human suffering of civilians at various levels, through continued aggression, kidnapping and enforced disappearances, and torture, leading to royalties and taxes.
The head of the government delegation in the prisoner exchange negotiations, Hadi Haig, confirmed that the Houthi militia delegation insisted on thwarting the round of consultations.
He indicated that despite the government delegation making many concessions, being that it is a humanitarian file, the Houthi militia continued its intransigence.
The Houthis put obstacles in place to thwart the consultations, and deliberately thwarted the round of consultations after they demanded unknown names which they always repeat.
The Houthis refused to abide by what was agreed upon in Amman. They refused to direct and exchange journalists Imran, Al-Waleedi, Hamed, Al-Mansouri, and the kidnapped civilians, including academics, the elderly and the sick.
Many efforts has been exerted to pressure the Houthis to move forward without success in order for the tour to be aborted, and not to respond to all calls with the aim of exceeding what was previously agreed upon.
Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Eryani, confirmed that the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia had foiled the round of consultations hosted by Jordan on the implementation of the prisoner and abducted exchange agreement.
He noted that the fifth round of consultations, which lasted nearly a month, witnessed great progress before the US State Department’s decision. He described the militia as a terrorist organization, which the Houthi militia read as a green light to practice political and military escalation which certainly does not mean that.
Al-Eryani called on the international community, the United Nations and its envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to put pressure on the Houthi militia to fulfill its obligations in the Sweden agreement, to exchange all prisoners and kidnappers on the basis of all for all, and to push for progress in the humanitarian file to end the suffering of thousands of prisoners and the kidnapped and to reunite them with their families.
Griffiths expressed his disappointment with the results of the round of talks, and said: “I am disappointed that this round of talks did not reach the level of what we saw in Switzerland last September,” referring to the understandings that resulted at that time: the release of 1,056 detainees in the largest exchange deal between the two sides.
Griffiths reiterated the call for the unconditional release of all the sick, wounded, elderly and detained children, as well as detained civilians, including women and journalists.