Yemen - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (13.06.18)

Q - The Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday that it had launched an assault on Hodeidah. In this situation, will the humanitarian conference co-chaired by France and Saudi Arabia and scheduled for June 27 still take place?

A - The port city of Hodeidah is indeed a key access point in Yemen for the delivery of commercial and humanitarian goods for civilian populations.

Reports on the ground convince us of the need for the international community to pay special attention to the question of humanitarian access. That is the purpose of the humanitarian conference we have proposed to hold on June 27.

President Macron spoke yesterday with Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He brought up the political and military situation in Yemen and notably in Hodeidah, and called on stakeholders to exercise restraint and to protect civilian populations.

France reaffirms that only a negotiated political solution, including in Hodeidah, will make it possible to sustainably end the war in Yemen and bring a halt to the deterioration in the country’s humanitarian and security situation.