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Victory in Yemen is 'close', Gargash says‏

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The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that victory over the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen is “close”, as the Yemeni forces and the Arab coalition were closing in on the rebel-held port city of Al Hodeidah, according to The National.

He praised the efforts and sacrifices of the Saudi-led alliance, which intervened in the Yemen war in 2015 at the request of the internationally recognised government of Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

“We are following the progress towards Al Hodeidah, and we have the right to be proud of the UAE army, its officers, its soldiers, its professionalism, its courage and its honour that have made them a key partner in the Arab coalition that is led by Riyadh to crush the Houthi rebellion,” Dr Gargash tweeted on Thursday morning.

“Our courageous armed forces are part of the vision and hard work that was led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed through continuous effort and planning.

“The courage and sacrifices of our sons within the Arab coalition remain the difficult factors that the Houthis did not expect as they tried to take over [Yemen] through their disastrous coup.”

Dr Gargash slammed those attempting to undermine the efforts of the Arab coalition and those who seek to terrorise Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the daily added.

“Our position in the battle today is the result of the joint sacrifices, and achievements will not be stolen by those who envy and are ungrateful,” he said.

“Yes, the Yemen test was and remains difficult but there is no choice but to face it.

"Days will prove the correct decision and will of the Saudi leadership, supported by the UAE leadership, that will move mountains. Watch out, victory is close."

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