| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

European diplomat: No current intention to open our embassies in Aden

At the present time, none of the European countries intends to open their embassies in the interim Yemeni capital, Aden, a European diplomat told Asharq Al-Awsat.


The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, affirmed that visits to Aden will continue in the coming period.


Two days ago, Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak urged the ambassadors of the European Union to resume the work of their embassies from Aden, pledging to facilitate their tasks and overcome any difficulties they face.


“There is currently no intention for any European country to open its embassy in Aden,” said the European diplomat.


Several European ambassadors had visited Aden as part of a delegation led by the head of the EU mission in Yemen.


During the visit, the ambassadors met with Yemeni officials, representatives of civil society and human rights organizations. They were also briefed on development projects implemented by the EU in Aden.


Foreign diplomatic missions were forced to close their embassies and evacuate their staff from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after the terrorist Iran-backed Houthi militias overran it in September 2014.


The Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) is seeking to normalize conditions in liberated regions despite the difficult economic and living conditions the country is going through.


Since its establishment last year, the PLC has been trying to manage the country politically and economically, alleviate the suffering of citizens, and fight the terrorist Houthi militias on various fronts.


The Yemeni government recently opened the new headquarters for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Aden as part of its efforts to encourage foreign diplomatic missions to resume their work and provide services to Yemenis from within freed areas.


Although many international organizations have opened representative offices in the interim capital, diplomatic missions are still reluctant to take a similar step.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat