Interviews

Wed - 01 Aug 2018 - 10:26 PM ،،،


 The American researcher specializing in the Middle East talked in an interview with "Erm News" about the most hot topics in the Yemeni file and his expectations for the future of the country.

The American researcher at Woodrow Wilson center, David Ottaway said that the south of Yemen is on its way to secede from the north in light of the changes that have hit the country since 2011, pointing out that the Lebanese "Hezbollah" is Iran's tool to transfer its experience to the Houthis.

Ottaway, who served as head of the Washington Post office in the Middle East, said that the battle of Hodeidah is imperative to secure the most strategic and sensitive areas in Yemen and that the Arab Coalition showed great patience in waiting for the initiatives of the UN envoy to resolve the issue peacefully, but the Houthis are trying to hold on to the final card in their hands by showing intransigence in the strategic city.

Hezbollah and its role in transferring its experience to Yemen

the American researcher pointed to what he described as "the key role" played by the Lebanese "Hezbollah" in the crystallization of the Houthi group in its current form, adding that the group was considered to be of a different local nature, then it was transformed by intervention, training and support from Hezbollah into "a new terrorist agent of Iran", senior Houthi leaders trained in Lebanon at the hands of Hezbollah experts.

Yemeni government is corrupt and weak

Ottaway described the Yemeni government as corrupt and weak, giving examples "the misuse of aid and deposits presented by Saudi Arabia and the UAE", it is not able to fight terrorism, secure services or return to its capital.

"Yemen is the poorest Arab country since ancient times, thus, anyone who knows the nature of Yemen realizes that hunger and famine are not the result of the existing war, but because of the structure of the country, the spread of khat, which drained the waters of Yemen and its youth, in addition to government corruption and the use of assistance for political ends by the Houthis", Ottaway said.

Separation of the South with Saudi approval

Ottaway predicted the secession of southern Yemen from the north, adding that the South has a historic opportunity to restore the country, which was independent 23 years ago, and "I will not be surprised if I see the state of southern Yemen reborn soon," he said.

Ottaway said the opening of offices of the "Southern Transitional Council" in many countries of the world is a step on the right track to snatch the international recognition of the Southerners' will.

He added that these offices has a very important meaning, there are those who support the southerners, not only militarily to fight Houthi, but also politically to gain international recognition, pointing to the UAE efforts in "organizing and institutionalizing southerners" and making significant achievements with them on the ground, such as the defeat of al-Qaeda forces.

Ottaway did not rule out Saudi Arabia's future satisfaction with the creation of an independent southern state, especially since the Saudi "understanding" with the Yemeni government is provisional, the post-war people who will rule Yemen will not be the same of today, including President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi, who will not return to rule now or in the future.