Yemen’s president accuses UN envoy of siding with Houthis

Hadi says actions by Martin Griffiths undermine chances for peace, warns that Yemen’s internationally recognised government would stop dealing him.
Friday 24/05/2019
Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, last September. (AP)
Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, last September. (AP)

SANAA — Yemen’s president has sent a letter to the UN chief criticising his envoy to the war-torn Arab country over allegedly siding with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s letter to Antonio Guterres was released late Thursday.

In the letter, Hadi claims that actions by UN envoy Martin Griffiths undermine chances for peace and warns the internationally recognised government would stop dealing with Griffths.

Tensions arose between Griffiths and Hadi last week after the UN announced the long-delayed Houthi withdrawal from the flashpoint port city of Hodeida.

Hadi’s government accused Griffiths at the time of turning a blind eye that the rebels had allegedly only handed control of the port to “militia leaders” loyal to them.

The “redeployment of Houthis” from Hodeida was part of a UN-brokered deal.

(AP)