In a statement, GCC Secretary-General Al-Zayani said that the GCC member states categorically rejected the Houthis’ recently announced government on the basis that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government is the legitimate one, constitutionally and legally. The new step by the Houthis and Saleh shows that they are not serious about political negotiations, and seek to impede fervent attempts to stop the war in Yemen: “The formation of a new government in Sana’a represents a new and concerning obstacle to the peace process” said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday has denounced Iran-backed Houthi militias forming a government in Yemen led by Abdulaziz bin Habtour in what’s been viewed as a provocative move. GCC’s Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani said the Gulf states completely reject this step. The cabinet consists of 42 ministerial portfolios that were equally distributed between the Houthis and supporters of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh. This comes as United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed resumes his efforts to find a solution for the crisis and after Kuwait welcomed receiving the legitimate government’s and rebels’ delegations to sign a peace deal.