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EU imposes sanctions on Houthi leader in Yemen
08/06/2015 | LOC13:01
10:01 GMT
| Gulf News
تصغير الخطالشكل الأساسيتكبير الخط
The European Union
The European Union
BRUSSELS, June 8 (KUNA) -- The European Union on Monday announced that it has imposed an arms embargo and further targeted sanctions against a Houthi leader and the son of the ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
They have been targeted with a travel ban and an asset freeze over their actions against Yemen's peace and stability. This decision reflects UN Security Council resolution 2216 of 14 April 2015 , noted the EU Council of ministers in a statement.
The two are Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, the Houthi militia chief and Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, son of the former President, who played a key role in facilitating the military expansion of the Houthi movement, allied with regular army units loyal to his father, Ali Abdullah, it said.
Two other members of the Houthi movement, Abdullah Yahya al Hakim and Abdul Khalil Al Houthi, as well as former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been under the same sanctions since December 2014.
Moreover, the EU Council put in place the UN's arms embargo against the people and entities subject to these restrictions. The ban also covers providing technical and financial assistance related to military activities.
The EU condemned the "destabilising unilateral actions taken by the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-President Saleh and urged their forces to immediately stop the use of violence." The EU, noted the statement, considers that only a broad political consensus achieved through inclusive negotiations can provide a sustainable solution, restore peace, and preserve the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen. (end) nk.rk
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