SANA'A, Jan. 19 (Saba) – A Yemeni senior official has denied that rebel leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi had been killed, saying the leader was seriously wounded and he is currently in his home village in the district of Marran, Saada.
Deputy prime minister for Internal Affairs Sadiq Ameen Abu Ras said that President Saleh has many times pointed to the injuries of al Houthi.
The war against the Houthi insurgents in the far north will not be stopped until militants start implementing the ceasefire conditions announced by the government, he also said.
In interview with the UAE newspaper of Al Khaleej, Abu Ras also said that dialog with former vice president who fled Yemen after the 1994 civil war Ali Salim al Beidh and the southern movement was welcome but on condition it takes place under the roof of unity.
'Separation is an outdated matter and now thousands of Yemeni people are ready to be devoted for defending national unity,' he said.
The state never deals with gangs, we have a constitution and enforced laws; hence it is normal that the state places conditions including that any dialog should be under national principles.
The government had put a timetable to end the insurgency, and now about 60 percent of the project has been completed.
Anyway, the government is ready to set table and talk to anyone to pull our country of all problems, he said.
In reply to a question about al Qaeda, Abu Ras said the organization is operating in many places on the globe and we all experienced terrorist attacks, particularly after the 9/11.
Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen are of those who came back from Afghanistan but they returned with their minds being changed.
In regard of fighting terrorism, Abu Ras said Yemen never accepts foreign troops on its soil, because the matter is related to Yemen's sovereignty.
Yemen is able to tackle its problems first and foremost al Qaeda, he said, adding other countries can only provide intelligence and economic aid to us.
'Al Qaeda in Yemen is nothing and the world should learn from invading Afghanistan and Iraq where the organization became stronger only after foreign intervened in the two Muslim states.'
On a Britain-called conference on Yemen set for later this month in London, he said the initiative was hailed and the meeting aims to discuss how to support Yemen to face its economic and security challenges.