Turkey’s FM: “Yemen in A Fire And We Have to Put It Out”
Turkey will maintain contact with other countries in an effort to find a solution to the conflict in Yemen between Houthi militias and the Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries.
The remarks of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came during a joint press conference with his Sudanese counterpart in Ankara on Friday.
Cavusoglu said: “There is a fire in Yemen and we have to put it out. How to resolve this issue is important.”
Turkey has been in close contact with regional and international powers to seek a solution in Yemen which includes all the country’s parties, while not violating its territorial integrity.
“Now, we are talking to Gulf countries. We will maintain our contact with both Gulf and Arab countries. Here, our goal is to end the chaos in Yemen and bring again peace and stability there,” the minister said.
Several Arab states have joined the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, which began on March 25 with a string of airstrikes on Houthi militia positions.
“We believed that we can overcome the Yemen problem through political dialogue and, in this sense, important tasks and roles fall to countries like Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia,” said Cavusoglu.
“To ensure the ceasefire in Yemen, the shipment of humanitarian aid and to initiate result-oriented negotations, important tasks fall to us. We agreed to cooperate with Iran on this issue,” he added.
Paying a three-day working visit to Turkey upon the invitation of Cavusoglu, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said: “We are pleased with Turkey’s contribution to the improvement of our relations with the U.S.”