Government of Yemen: Houthi militia rejects options to facilitate the opening of Sanaa airport

The Yemeni government announced on Wednesday that it had presented several options to facilitate obtaining official passports for citizens, in undeveloped areas, and to start organizing flights to Sanaa International Airport, but the Houthi militia faced these measures with intransigence and refusal.

This comes after the first commercial flight through the airport, scheduled for last Sunday for Jordan under the UN armistice agreement, faltered.

Yemeni Information Minister, Muammar Al-Eryani, said the government has presented several options to facilitate obtaining government passports for citizens in Houthi-controlled areas, in order to circumvent obstacles that the militia “places. to operate commercial flights from Sana’a International Airport to the Jordanian capital, in implementation of the terms of the declaration of armistice and alleviating the suffering of citizens.

Al-Eryani explained that among these options is the government’s willingness to establish a passport issuing center at Sanaa airport. in coordination with the United Nations, provided that the operation begins within 10 days of the agreement.

The options also included, according to the Yemeni Information Minister, the government’s willingness to issue passports to citizens forced to travel from “undeveloped” areas. in coordination with the envoy’s office within 5 days of sending the applications that meet the documents and conditions.

He also spoke of a government offer to assign a booth in the automated passport issuing center in Aden to speed up and facilitate the issuance of passports to citizens from areas under the control of the Houthis.

He said the government has also proposed the option of submitting people’s data and copies of their expired passports to the 2014 database via the UN Envoy’s Office at the Aden Center of Interest, to be renewed. within 24 hours.

The Yemeni Information Minister added that although most people registered to travel hold government passports, the Houthi militia refuses to schedule reservations for those with government passports first, as long as the status of those with government passports is addressed. they do not hold them, that their passports are issued according to the options presented, and their bookings are re-registered on suffix flights.

The Yemeni foreign minister briefed the cabinet in Sunday’s meeting about the Houthi militia’s repudiation of its UN truce commitments, the latest of which was obstructing the first commercial flight from Sana’a International Airport. .

He explained that the Houthi militia violated what was agreed through the UN envoy’s office to operate flights from Sanaa airport, according to the procedures in force at Seiyun and Aden airports, including the adoption of passports issued only by the government. , whereas passports are sovereign national documents issued by only one authority, one in exclusive, which is the Yemeni government.

He pointed out that the UN envoy was confronted with the violations committed by the Houthi militia, which resulted in the delay of the scheduled flight, which deprived 104 passengers who met all the requirements, and insisted on adding 57 passengers who they had to obtain passports from the authorities concerned, a matter that could have been coordinated and addressed through the facilities provided by the government to facilitate procedures for operating flights from Sanaa airport.

The Yemeni cabinet reiterated the government’s willingness to take all measures to alleviate the human suffering of the Yemenis, and its complete openness to any proposal. to facilitate this, noting that Houthi intransigence demonstrates to the Yemeni people and the international community that these militias do not care about the suffering of citizens and devote all their efforts to the practice of political blackmail and to trade in humanitarian issues for it.

The Yemeni cabinet also asked the UN envoy to clearly disclose the violations committed by the Houthi militia that led to obstructing the opening of Sanaa airport and the first commercial flight from it, noting that to continue dealing in diplomatic language does not work with these militias who are trying to make political gains from Yemeni suffering, blood and pain.

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