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YARC asks govt to stay neutral on Yemen conflict

YARC asks govt to stay neutral on Yemen conflict

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Apr 03, 2015 - 14:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Young Activists for Reform and Change (YARC) has demanded the unity government on Friday to stay neutral on the Yemen war otherwise interference will cost Afghans heavily.

Yemen has descended further into chaos since a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes a week ago against positions held by Shia rebels and their allies across the deeply tribal country.

The kingdom has launched efforts to muster support from Islamic countries in its campaign to stem advances by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The Presidential Palace in Kabul late on Wednesday issued a statement saying the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon had announced its backing to Saudi Arabia on the Yemen crisis.

The Presidential Palace in a statement said the decision to back Saudi Arabia came in consultations with ulemainfo-icon, former jihadiinfo-icon leaders, security officials, analysts and elders.

The Houthi rebels, who are members of the Zaydi Shia sect, took control of the capital Sana’a last year and placed its president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, under house arrest.

Hadi escaped to his southern stronghold of Aden in early March, and the rebels attempted to storm his redoubt aided by troops loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted after Arab spring-style protests in a deal negotiated by the Gulf states.

Coming down hard on the unity government’s decision to side with Saudi Arabia on Yemen conflict, the YARC, a social network, said the government should stay neutral on the latest Yemen situation and not become a party.

Ehsanullah Hikmat, member of the YARC, told journalists in Kabul that “we demand the government not to become a party in any regional or Middle East conflict. The government should not create problems for Afghans by siding with a particular party in the conflict.”

The war-battered Afghanistan, he said was not in a position to become a party or support any state on conflict such as Yemen war.

Saudi Arabia and Iran were fighting a proxy war in Yemen, he said, suggesting that Afghanistan should stay neutral in this fight.

The United States is a close ally of oil rich Saudi Arabia and provides complete support to kingdom’s intervention in its neighbouring country.

The Presidential Palace in a statement said the decision to back Saudi Arabia came in consultations with ulema, former jihadi leaders, security officials, analysts and elders.

The Houthi rebels, who are members of the Zaydi Shia sect, took control of the capital Sana’a last year and placed its president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, under house arrest.

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