Sudan’s troops ‘must come out of Yemen’, says parliamentarian

A parliamentarian and member of the Sudanese Reform Now Movement called upon the government to withdraw its troops from Yemen yesterday, RT Arabic reported.

“The armed forces must come out of Yemen,” said Hassan Osman Rizq, speaking during Sudan’s National Assembly. “If we entered the war for the sake of our friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, it was unnecessary as Saudi Arabia has many friendly countries that didn’t enter the war to fight alongside it.”

“And if we entered the war to restore the legitimacy, that should be determined by the Yemenis because we wouldn’t allow [foreign countries] to decide on our legitimacy and if we entered the war for the sake of Mecca and Medina, there is no war in the two cities,” Rizq concluded.

Sudan entered the Yemen civil war as part of a Saudi-led coalition in March 2015. The coalition was requested by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to support his legitimacy and threats posed by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the north of the country.

Sudan has incurred heavy losses in the Yemen war during combat.

Last month, it was reported that 412 Sudanese soldiers had died fighting in Yemen, including 14 high ranking officials. The number of wounded soldiers was not revealed.

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