Friday, February 13, 2015

Egypt Worried about Iranian Influence

Update included later on February 13.

After their takeover of power in Yemen, the Houthis are being warned by Egypt's prime minister that his country would not allow Houthi control of the Almond Gate (Bab al-Mandeb) shipping passage in the Red Sea. The Bab-el-Mandeb strait is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. It connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and is an essential access to the Suez Canal in Egypt.

In a caricature, published by Mandab Press مندب برس and which seems to be a local Yemenite news service, the subject was already mentioned on February 2, 2015. That caricature shows a Houthi rolling out the red carpet for an Iranian ayatollah towards Bab al-Mandeb.

بالفيديو.. رئيس الوزراء: لن نسمح بسيطرة الحوثيين على مضيق "باب المندب"ـ

Prime minister on video: " We will not allow the Houthi to control the Almond Gate passage. "

شدد المهندس إبراهيم محلب، رئيس مجلس الوزراء، على أن مصر لن تسمح بسيطرة الحوثيين فى اليمن على مضيق باب المندب، قائلاً "لن نسمح بأى تهديد للأمن القومى المصرى، ومصر قادرة على الرد بالطريقة التى تراها".ـ

Ing. Ibrahim Mahlab, president of the state council, confirmed that Egypt would not allow the Houthis in Yemen to control the Almond Gate passage. He said: " We will not allow any threat to Egypt's national security. And Egypt is able to react in [an appropriate] way. "

[Source: 7th Day اليوم السابع on February 13, 2015]

روسيا تقف ضد المشروع «الخليجي» و مجلس الأمن يفشل في إدانة «الحوثيين»ـ

Russia resists a project of [Gulf states], and Security Council fails to accuse Houthis.

انتهت جلسة مجلس الأمن الدولي الخاصة باليمن أمس الخميس من دون التوصل إلى أي اتفاق بين الأعضاء.ـ ورفضت روسيا إصدار بيان من المجلس يحمّل الحوثيين مسؤولية ما يجري في اليمن.ـ

Yesterday, Thursday [i.e. Feb. 12], a special session on Yemen of the [UN] Security Council closed without result concerning an agreement of its participants.
Russia rejected the council's publication of a declaration that would charge the Houthis with responsibility for the development in Yemen.

[Source: الخبر on February 13, 2015. Please note that even though Alkhabar seems to be specialized in Arabic language news about Yemen, its server and IP-address are located in the U.S.A.]

القاعدة في الجنوب والحوثي في صنعاء واليمن غائب

With Al-Qaeda in the south and Houthi in Sanaa, Yemen gets lost.

[Source: DW , Arabic service of German national broadcaster on February 12, 2015]

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