Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura on the Military Action by Saudi Arabia and other countries in Yemen
March 31, 2015
1. After bringing Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, under its control by force, the armed group from Houthis has been advancing into Southern Yemen since 25th March in pursuit of President Hadi, who has been evacuating from Sana’a. In light of such circumstances, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other countries have conducted airstrikes against Houthis’ installations upon the request made by President Hadi who legitimately represents the government of Yemen.
2. Japan has been consistently supporting the efforts that have been made by the GCC states, such as Saudi Arabia, along with the UN towards re-opening of the comprehensive political transition process in which all the Yemeni political parties participate.
3. Japan understands that as a backdrop of the military action conducted by Saudi Arabia and other countries, there has been a situation in which any further violence had to be halted while the Yemeni government was unable to crack down on activities by the armed group from Houthis.
4. Japan hopes that such efforts by regional states will bear fruits and would lead to de-escalation of the situation. Also, in coordination with the international community, Japan will work towards the re-opening of the UN-led political transition process, with no Yemeni parties resorting to violence.