Yemen president promises UN to open to aid

Yemen's president on Thursday (September 21st) promised the UN to open the entire country to aid as millions are at risk of famine and cholera, AFP reported.

Addressing the UN, President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi urged international pressure on the Houthis (Ansarallah) who control Sanaa and also appealed for greater humanitarian assistance.

"We in the Yemeni government are ready to provide all facilitation so that humanitarian assistance can reach anywhere in Yemen, and also the areas under the control of the Houthis," he told the General Assembly.

The UN has listed Yemen as the world's number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.

Hadi did not specify how his government would allow in assistance.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen, last month warned of "shrinking humanitarian space" in the country.

Hadi blamed Iran for the crisis in his address, saying it had an "expansionist agenda" in the region.

"Sustained peace can only be possible if this state ceases interfering in our affairs, creating tensions and stoking feelings of hatred," he said.

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