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Wed - 12 Jun 2019 - 01:01 PM ،،،

aawsat


 The Yemeni presidency and government have yet to comment on reports of Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemany’s alleged resignation a little over a year since his appointment.

Al Arabiya television reported that he had submitted his resignation while he was in New York without offering additional details.

The resignation comes at a critical time when the legitimate government is mending its ties with United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, whom President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi had accused of siding with and legitimizing the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

Informed government sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Hadi has been mulling appointing a replacement to Yemany.

Among the possible candidates are Yemen’s Ambassador to the United States Ahmed bin Mubarak and former FM Abdelmalek al-Mekhlafi.

Yemany has been accused by some members of the legitimacy of mismanagement of the Stockholm agreement and implementation of the redeployment plan in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, as well as his failure in properly confronting Griffiths’ shortcomings.

These issues have sparked the ire of the presidency, which was keen on sacking him, said sources close to the minister.

Yemany was known to have been counting on the success of the Sweden deal that was signed in December 2018. He was also known for his good relations with the UN envoy.

Sources close to the minister said that he chose to hand in his resignation when he received word that Hadi was keen on sacking him.

Moreover, he complained in his resignation letter that he could no longer perform his duties properly due to meddling from the legitimate forces. He also accused the legitimacy of failing to strengthen Yemen’s diplomatic corps and launch reform that he was promised when he was first appointed to his post.