Q - What is France doing in practical terms to try and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Yemen ?
A - All parties in Yemen have a duty to ensure unconditional, full and unrestricted humanitarian access to all populations in need. President Macron and Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed this obligation during their respective visits to Saudi Arabia.
In this respect, we welcome the Arab coalition’s decision to authorize the resumption of humanitarian flights to Sana airport. This measure must now be expanded as swiftly as possible to include access by sea - first and foremost to the port of Hodeidah. In this respect, please refer to my statement of November 25.
In its national capacity, France contributed €6.9 million in assistance to support humanitarian and stabilization efforts in Yemen in 2017. It also contributes to the EU’s humanitarian efforts, amounting to more than €51 million for 2017.
The only way to put an end to the conflict and to improve the humanitarian situation over the long term is through a political solution. That’s why we support the mediation efforts of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to ensure the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting solution.