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    The Yemeni government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi told the Arab League that the country would not be able to host the 28th summit of the regional organization, the Arab League said in a statement.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – Yemen was going to host the summit in 2017 on a rotation basis.

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    “The Yemen’s permanent representative passed to the Arab League’s secretary-general an oral message of the Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Mahlafi with a description of the situation in the republic and a statement that Yemen would not be able to host the 28th Arab summit amid the threats the country faces,” the statement said.

    The country has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Hadi and the Houthi Shia rebels, which are the country’s main opposition force.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)


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