Oman’s ex-foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi raised controversy on social media ater he critcised the Saudi role in Yemen war.
In a panel organised by Al Jazeera Center for Studies and the Strategic Council for Iranian Foreign Relations, bin Alawi made implicit messages to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In his statements, bin Alwai charged that the main reason behind the war on Yemen was “its hidden wealth,” saying that the situation Yemen had worsened due to some external parties’ intervention in reference to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
He further called on these parties, without mentioning their names, to withdraw from Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthis since 2015, one year after the Iran-aligned rebels overran much of Yemen, including Sanaa.
The seven-year conflict has created one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crises, with nearly 80% of the country, or about 30 million people, in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. More than 13 million are in danger of starvation, according to UN estimates.
Bin Alawi further noted that some Arab region countries made mistakes in their assessment of the Yemeni crisis, stressing at the same time that peace in Yemen is possible and has a cost, that everyone should contribute to it.
On the other hand, the former foreign minister said that the Yemenis are still stuck in their crisis, stressing the need for an international intervention to restore peace in the war-torn country.
Oman has continued its ongoing efforts to support efforts to resolve the region’s crises in a peaceful diplomatic manner, he added.
The UN estimates Yemen’s war will have claimed 377,000 lives by the end of the year through both direct and indirect impacts.
More than 80 percent of Yemen’s population of about 30 million requires humanitarian assistance in what the UN says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.