Sana’a Warns WB, IMF of Providing Grants to “Hotel Government”

Foreign Minister in Sana’a government Hisham Sharaf warned on Thursday of the repercussions of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) providing financial facilities, grants, or any financial support to the corrupt “hotel government” (Saudi-backed government).

This came in letters sent by Sharaf to Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of the Security Council for the month of September 2021, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the foreign ministers of a number of countries interested in the situation in Yemen.

In the letters, the foreign minister called on brotherly and friendly countries and international and regional organizations to intervene with the leadership of WB and IMF, to find a strong mechanism to supervise and monitor the disbursement of any funds allocated to help the Yemeni people.

Sharaf affirmed that the Saudi-backed government resident in Riyadh hotels “has no influence on the ground and does not take into account humanitarian reasons that may push many countries and international and regional organizations to provide aid and financial facilities to the Yemeni people.”

He pointed out that these financial aid and facilities would be deposited in personal accounts of individuals or companies affiliated with “Hadi government”.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the National Salvation Government in Sana’a, or any national government that is formed in the post-war phase, would not bear responsibility for any looting or corruption practices of the Saudi-backed government and its misuse of any funds or aid would be provided or have been provided during the war period.

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