YEMEN Press Agency

Saudi Arabia appeals to Russia to save Marib from invasion

SANAA, Sep. 21 (YPA) – The American presidential elections have brought what ships of the Saudi-led coalition, which is leading a war on Yemen for nearly five years and a half, did not desire, as ‘Houthis’ (Ansarullah) approached the control of Marib province, east of Yemen.

It seems that the US President Trump’s preoccupation with the elections has changed the course of the Saudi trend towards Russia to save Marib from an inevitable fall into the hands of the army and the popular committees.

Saudi Arabia, according to Russian sources quoted by the “New Gulf” website, has intensified its communication with Russia to avoid the fall of Marib in the hands of the Houthis.

Those sources confirmed that Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan asked Moscow to mediate with Ansarullah to stop their advance towards Marib through phone calls with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

With this measure, Saudi Arabia aimed to exert pressure on America, which ignored its pleas to save it in Marib, according to the sources.

The Saudi communication with Russia came after a series of contacts made by the Kingdom’s leadership, during the past few days, with the member states of the Arab military coalition in Yemen and with other countries such as Pakistan and Senegal, all of which focused on what could be done to avoid the scenario of the fall of Marib.

This comes at a time Britain is trying to raise the issue of Marib within the Security Council with the aim of obstructing the advance of the ‘Houthis’ by highlighting that the military attack in the city will expose the residents and the displaced to a grave danger.

The delegates of the permanent members of the Security Council, in addition to Germany, Kuwait, Sweden and the European Union, had recently met in New York and issued a statement in which they talked about “the urgent need for political progress in Yemen,” expressing their deep concern about the Houthi attack on Marib.

The Russian portal is a wake-up call for “Trump”, who in recent years justified his arms deals with Saudi Arabia, by intimidating that China and Russia are present to fill the void, according to the sources.