Sana'a: Saudi Arabia's fears of Yemen are caused by its strategic location and resources18 November, 2022
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The head of the Sana'a negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdel Salam, asserted that "Riyadh's payment of the salaries of the Yemenis and the lifting of the blockade on it are a basic requirement and a condition for any understanding."
This came in an interview published by the "Majal" forum, under the title "Does the new Yemen represent a threat to Saudi Arabia?"
Abdel Salam said, "It is normal to exchange visits, on the humanitarian and political levels, between Riyadh and Sana'a," stressing that "the payment of salaries and the lifting of the siege are prerequisites for any understanding, and matters depend on the Saudi regime's handling of the requirements of the stage."
Abdel Salam pointed out that "Saudi Arabia's fears of the rise of a strong and independent Yemen are not logical," stressing that "no one can guarantee that Riyadh will get rid of these fears, because that means that Yemen will remain lawless."
He explained that "mercenaries are working to exaggerate these fears in order to invest them at the expense of the country's security and interest," stressing that the humanitarian file is still "the first stop for any future understandings."
Abdul Salam added, "We believe that the Saudi side's concerns are due to the strategic location of Yemen, the huge human density and the large resources, and also because of the historical relations, which were plagued by many fluctuations and problems."
He continued, explaining that "even in the historical context, the Saudi side was the one who attacked Yemen, and the one who crossed the historical borders. It waged many wars against Yemen, which was in the position of the defender."
He explained, "The Saudi regime is even afraid that countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and other countries in the region, will be independent and strong, so how about Yemen, which is the largest area after the Kingdom in the peninsula, in terms of area, human density, capabilities, and strategic location?"
Abdel Salam pointed out that "Saudi Arabia's real interest is for Yemen to have an independent, stable and prosperous state," stressing that "the state, if it is not managed from within, according to its strategic interests and obligations to its people, will be managed based on the interests of the outside. This was the problem of the recent regimes." mortgaged, because it was unable to achieve any strategic interests for Yemen.
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