FM following escalated events in Yemen ‘with concern’
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

CAIRO: The Foreign Ministry is “closely following with concern” the escalating events in Yemen, due to the long time relations between the two countries, it announced Saturday.

Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty stated that Egypt is making “intensive communications” and deliberations with the Arab league regarding the situation, adding that Minister Sameh Shokry raised the issue of Yemeni crisis during his meetings in the International Security Conference in Munich.

Abdel Atty called for respecting the Yemeni’s people will, without resorting to violence.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) condemned Friday the Houthi “coup” that took place earlier, which has since formed a presidential council to run the state.

“This coup cannot be accepted in any way. It contrasts with the nature of the Yemeni people that tends to pluralism and coexistence approach,” the council stated.

Yemen’s dominant Houthi movement dissolved parliament Friday, and said a new interim assembly would be formed.

The U.S.-installed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah resigned after last week Houthi fighters seized the presidential palace. A bomb was reported Saturday morning outside the palace.

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