Yemeni delegation claim Iraqi PM recognition of their government as regional Shia militias are divided over Iranian influence
The Houthi delegation in Iraq claimed that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi recognised them as “representative of Yemen”.
Houthi spokesman Mohamed Abdel Saleh posted a statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday saying: “The prime minister welcomed the delegation as the representative of Yemen and confirmed that Iraq, both at a governmental and popular level, has supported the suffering people of Yemen from the start, and opposes unjustified aggression against Yemen.”
When the two parties met, they discussed "the political, humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen," according to Saleh's facebook post.
“The delegation explained to the prime minister the reality in which the Yemeni people are living, and the consequences of the aggression that has led to catastrophe and human suffering,” it added.
The full statement from the Yemeni delegation posted on their spokesman’s Facebook page
In a video distributed by the Iraqi prime minister’s office, Abadi is seen meeting with the delegation, telling them how Iraq had tried to send medical, humanitarian and food aid to Yemen through the Iraqi Red Cross, but was thwarted by “obstacles” along the way.