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Yemen – Situation on the ground (September 30, 2016)

France strongly condemns the attack against a UAE vessel on September 30 carried out by the Houthis, and reaffirms the importance of the principle of the freedom of navigation in the Bab al-Mandeb strait.

France reaffirms the urgent need to reach a political solution, the only way to prevent a further deterioration in the humanitarian and security situation and to effectively combat terrorism. As such, the formation of a so-called “national salvation” government by the Houthis on October 2 runs counter to the inter-Yemeni negotiation process.

In this regard, we reaffirm our full support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh, with whom we are in regular contact.

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