Lebanon PM stresses respect for Yemen’s sovereignty, territorial integrity

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam has voiced his country’s support for Yemen’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” stressing the need for a political solution to the developments in the southern Arabian Peninsula state.

Salam made the comments on Saturday during an Arab League summit in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star reported on Saturday.

He added that a solution in Yemen must not rely on any foreign interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The Lebanese premier, however, stopped short of criticizing the Al Saud regime’s invasion of Yemen.

“Out of its keenness on supporting constitutional legitimacy in Yemen and [supporting] Arab consensus and the unity and stability of all Arab states, [Lebanon] announces its support for any Arab stance that preserves Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in addition to the cohesion of its social fabric,” Salam said in his address to the Saturday’s session.

On March 27, the secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, denounced the Saudi attacks on Yemen, which began a day earlier, saying that the real reason for the airstrikes is that Saudi Arabia has lost its domination on the impoverished country.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said during Saturday’s summit that the ongoing military invasion of Yemen would continue until its goals are achieved.

Yemenis gather around a crater left following an airstrike on March 28, 2015 in the capital Sana’a on the third day of Saudi-led attacks against Houthi fighters. © AFP

Riyadh has resorted to the air raids in a bid to restore power to fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of the Saudi regime.

This is while the Houthis say Hadi lost his legitimacy as president of the impoverished country after he escaped the capital to the southern city of Aden in February.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries. The Yemeni parliament did not approve his resignation back then.

Gradually, as the Yemeni government failed to provide security and properly run the affairs of the country, the Ansarullah fighters started to take control of state matters to contain corruption and terror.

Earlier this month, the fugitive president fled Aden to the Saudi capital city of Riyadh after Ansarullah revolutionaries advanced toward Aden, where he had sought to set up a rival power base.

Reports say at least 45 civilians, including six children, have so far lost their lives in the Saudi-led aerial assaults against Yemen.

By Press TV