Yemen - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (29.12.17)

Q - The Saudi bombing has again resulted in numerous civilian casualties in Yemen in recent days. Do you have any response?

A - France deplores the many civilian casualties in Yemen as a result of the military operations over the last few days. This situation underscores the urgent need for a negotiated political solution - the only way to put an end to the crisis in Yemen and its tragic consequences for the Yemeni people, as well as its repercussions on the security of neighboring countries.

All parties have a duty to ensure the protection of civilian populations and infrastructure and allow full, unconditional and unrestricted access for humanitarian assistance. We call on all parties to ensure this. In this respect, President Macron expressed his deep concern about the humanitarian disaster in Yemen to King Salman on December 27 and urged him to ensure the complete lifting of the blockade in order to allow humanitarian assistance and commercial goods into Yemen.

France is mindful of Saudi Arabia’s security. It expressed its solidarity with the country following the missile attacks targeted against it over the last few weeks. It would like to play a full role in relaunching a credible political process in Yemen in the near future and thereby contribute to restoring lasting stability in the country.

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