RIYADH: A visiting British MP praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for helping refugees worldwide, including in Yemen.
Keith Vaz made the statement at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh after meeting on Wednesday with its General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.
Vaz said KSRelief’s activities in Yemen and Djibouti are highly commendable, and he thanked King Salman for his support in helping the needy.
Al-Rabeeah told Vaz that KSRelief has helped 38 countries, and is carrying out several projects in Yemen to help women and children.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told Vaz that his warning in September 2012 to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron about Iranian interference in Yemen had come true.
Hadi praised the efforts of Vaz, who was born in Aden, in promoting Yemeni-UK relations.
Vaz hailed Hadi’s efforts in serving Yemen, and invited him to visit the UK and address Parliament.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi told Vaz that the ongoing conflict “was not the choice of the government, but imposed by the rebels who sabotaged the political process, invaded cities, killed and displaced thousands of people, and rounded up thousands of others.”
The internationally recognized Yemeni government has responded positively to all UN peace proposals, but the rebels have undermined those initiatives, Al-Mekhlafi added.