Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Japan Closes Embassy in Yemen for Security Reasons


TOKYO – Japan closed its embassy in Yemen and evacuated its diplomatic personnel due to the worsening security situation in the country, the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced Monday, following in the steps of other countries.

The Japanese ambassador in Yemen, Katsuyoshi Hayashi, and four other officials vacated the Middle Eastern country and left for Qatar, Doha, from where they will be carrying out their duties.

“The security situation there is extremely severe,” explained Japanese ministry spokesman Yoshihide Suga.

In the last few days, countries like the U.S., UK, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia have closed their embassies in Sana’a and evacuated their diplomats.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that Yemen was “collapsing before our eyes,” in reference to the political chaos there.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was forced to resign on Jan. 22 by Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

Last month the Shiite group extended the areas under their control in Yemen and on Feb. 6 they dissolved parliament and announced the formation of a presidential board to govern the country temporarily for two years.

On Sunday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution asking the Houthi rebels to forgo their control over Yemen and negotiate with other forces to find a solution to the crisis.

It also warned of “further steps” in case of a failure by the rebels to comply.


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