Yemen's Houthis ask Gulf States to reconsider positions

SANAA (AA) – Yemen's Shiite Houthi group on Monday called on Gulf States to modify their positions so as to bring them into line with what they described as the "will of the Yemeni people."

The Houthis' Revolutionary Committee – the group's decision-making body – said in a statement that it had been surprised by what it described as the Gulf States' "negative" positions vis-à-vis recent political developments in Yemen.

"The decisions taken by the revolution do not aim to cause trouble to our brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), either at present or in future," the council said in a statement quoted by Yemen's official news agency, which is currently under the Houthi control.

The group called on the UN Security Council to respect the "will" of the Yemeni people and the country's sovereignty.

The Security Council, it said, should not blindly follow a regional power that aimed to suppress the will of the Yemeni people.

Last week, the six-nation GCC called on the UN Security Council to consider international military intervention in Yemen.

The Houthis upped the political ante last September, when they took control of capital Sanaa before moving on to consolidate control over other parts of the country.

Late last month, the Houthis captured Sanaa's presidential palace, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his government to resign.

Earlier this month, the Houthi leadership issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a transitional "national council" in its place.

Yemen has remained in turmoil since a popular uprising in 2011 forced longstanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down one year later.

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