Yemen - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (15.11.17)


Q - An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition made the airport in Sanaa unusable yesterday, at a time when several million Yemenis are dependent on humanitarian aid. Do you think the coalition’s promises are sufficient with regard to the safe, complete, and unconditional delivery of humanitarian aid to that country?

A - Jean-Yves Le Drian will discuss the crisis in Yemen, and particularly its humanitarian aspects, during his visit to Saudi Arabia on November 15-16.

He will remind his interlocutors of the urgent need for safe, complete, unconditional, and unhindered humanitarian access to all civilian populations in need, in accordance with international law. All of Yemen’s ports and airports must be able to provide access to humanitarian personnel and aid, as well as any necessary medical evacuations.

France reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional resumption of negotiations on a political solution, under the auspices of the UN, the only way to restore peace in the country. It will also continue to work actively at the national level to support multilateral humanitarian actors and NGOs on the ground in Yemen.