MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A coalition of Sunni-led Gulf Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015, waging air strikes on the Houthis as well as on al-Qaeda militants who had taken control of parts of the mountainous nation.
"This all happens in full view of the Saudi regime. They tell the world, which doesn't want to understand anything: 'We are against Al-Qaeda.' What Al-Qaeda, what ISIL [Daesh]? They are ISIL. They are al-Qaeda. Everyone knows what this regime is about," Saleh told the RT television channel in an interview released Saturday.
Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels, which have been supported by army units loyal to Saleh.
On April 10, ceasefire came into effect in the country. A new round of UN-backed talks on Yemen’s reconciliation began on April 21 in Kuwait.