EU: Yemen’s Situation Dangerous, Al-Qaeda Benefiting

 Local Editor

The conflict and chaos in Yemen has opened the door to al-Qaeda, and there needs to be international mediation to end the violence rather than unilateral action, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Wednesday.

Speaking to students during a visit to Beijing, EU foreign policy boss Federica Mogherini said the situation in Yemen was highly hazardous.

"I believe that this is extremely dangerous, as al-Qaeda is trying to fill the gap, the vacuum, that is left open in a state of increasing lawlessness," Mogherini said at the elite Peking University.

"We need to focus all efforts we can on an international mediation," she added.

"Because we know that unilateral solutions don’t work in general, and in particular don’t work in a situation like the one in Yemen where the conflict has deep local roots and in the meantime is inserted into a complex regional situation."

The EU was grateful to China for helping evacuate foreign residents from Yemen, Mogherini said, calling China to get even more involved in crises such as this one, especially as what happened in Yemen could impact upon China too.

"Not only Europe but also China could be affected by these developments, in terms of security," she added.

China has called for a ceasefire in Yemen and a political solution.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team