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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

'Saudis back Arab despots with US arms'

Protests against long time Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh persist in different parts of the country. Demonstrations once again turned violent, leaving several people killed.
A number of foreign governments, meanwhile, are making efforts to play a role in Yemen with little regard for desires and demands of the Yemeni people.

Lebanese political scientist Nada Nashwi in Beirut offered further feedback on the ongoing foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Yemen in a Press TV interview.

A rush transcript of the interview follows:

PressTV: Is Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh now more Saudi-bakced than US-backed in your opinion?

Hashwi: He is more Saudi-backed because the Saudi officials and other heads of states, the regional Arab states, are very worried about their situation because what's happening is surrounding the region. That's why we see (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), of course led by the Saudi government strongly trying to deal with the situation and they are quit worried about what's going to happen in Yemen after Saleh.

There is major concern about al-Qaeda because we have heard a rumor about the head of al-Qaeda who is believed is set to come out of Yemen. And that's quite scary actually. But the concern that who is going to form a stable government is not my concern because anyone is better than Saleh. He is killing his own people in cold blood. He is not realizing that what he is doing is only buying time, because his end is coming pretty soon. People want him out. He is only buying time now and is waiting for some kind of event to happen and the (P)GCC is dealing with situation as it's a political situation which is definitely not. It's a revolution. People don't want him anymore and the people are going to decide who will come after him.

PressTV: Yemen's Youth group has warned the US and UN to stop meddling in their internal affairs in order to ensure freedom and democracy. What is your take on that?

Hashwi: Well, they are the ones that are writing the scenario for Yemen and if they stopped meddling in the country's internal affairs Saleh should have been out by now. You see (P)GCC, the two faced puppets, how they are dealing with Libya. You see the way they are dealing with Yemen, Bahrain and Syria and other Arab countries.

Whatever it is, it's obvious that someone is behind Saleh. I strongly believe that it's Saudi Arabia backed by the US and (P)GCC. What if they stop meddling in Yemen? I ask the United States that what kind of behavior is that. You sell weapons on one side and speak about human rights on the other side. So the Youth Group has demanded its right. They want Saleh out. They want to prosecute him and they don't grant him immunity. He has killed lots of people and must be prosecuted.

PressTV: what Saudi Arabia is going to do with all the weapons it has bought from the US now that these uprisings are happening in the Arab world and Yemen is part of that?

Hashwi: well, the weapons are bought to keep dictators on their seats. It's plain and simple. So the more weapons they buy, the more innocent people will be killed. As we see what is happening in Bahrain now. The situation is very serious and unclear for Yemen right now.


Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/179128.html


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