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Presence of ISIS, Al Qaeda in parts of Yemen needs to be addressed: India

By India TV News

India has said the presence of terrorist elements like ISIS and Al Qaeda in parts of Yemen and their continued attacks on civilian population needs to be addressed, stressing that the international community must unite to fight the “dark forces of terror” globally and hold those who support and shelter such terror groups accountable.

Noting that the situation in Yemen is one of grave humanitarian proportions, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu on Thursday emphasised at an Arria-formula meeting on Yemen that the solution to it is political, which can be achieved only through a broad and inclusive political process.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis since March 2015, months after the rebels seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

“While discussing the broader political conflict in Yemen, the presence of terrorist elements like ISIS and Al Qaeda in parts of the country and their continued attacks on civilian population needs to be addressed,” Naidu said.

He said terrorism is an “existential threat” to humanity and terrorists are the biggest violators of human rights.

“We must unite in fighting the dark forces of terror everywhere in the world and hold accountable those who support and shelter such terror groups,” he said.

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