British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered UK’s political backing to Saudi Arabia over its invasion of Yemen.
Cameron expressed support for the attacks during a phone conversation with the country’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Friday.
“The prime minister emphasized the UK’s firm political support for the Saudi action in Yemen, noting that it was right to do everything possible… to support [Yemen’s fugitive] president [Abd Rabbuh Mansour] Hadi,” a spokeswoman for Cameron’s office said following the call.
Cameron stressed that “Britain will do all it can to support the Saudis,” the spokesman noted, adding that the monarch welcomed the offer.
Saudi warplanes carried out the first airstrikes on Yemen on Thursday, with the aircraft bombarding the capital, Sana’a, the northwestern city of Sa’ada, and Ta’izz in the southwest.
Over 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured across Yemen in the relentless airstrikes.
Also on Friday, Hadi arrived in Egypt and was welcomed by the country’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
Hadi is set to participate at the 26th summit of the Arab League, which will be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 28 and 29, and is expected to be focused on the crisis in Yemen.
He had flown to Sharm el-Sheikh from the Saudi capital Riyadh after he arrived there on Thursday hours after the Saudi-led airstrikes commenced.
The airstrikes against Yemen have drawn condemnation from many countries, including Iran, Russia, Iraq, Syria as well as the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.
The blatant violation of Yemen’s sovereignty by Saudi Arabia has so far been ignored by international organizations, especially the UN which has stopped short of condemning the ongoing Saudi onslaught against the Arab country.