Sheikh Ahmed Saleh Al-Essa, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office for Economic Affairs, head of the Southern National Coalition, said that the relationship he had with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh developed after the impressive success of the 20th Gulf Cup held in Yemen.
He explained in a television interview broadcast by “Yemen Today” channel, in the first episodes of the “No Mercy” program, presented by the media, Rahma Hujaira, that the relationship with President Saleh was solid and transgressed the formalities, praising the personality and charisma of former President Saleh.
Al-Eisi denied that President Hadi and the government were behind the continuation of sanctions against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son, Ambassador Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He stressed that the decision came from superpowers, as evidenced by Russia’s recent position and its request to the Security Council to lift sanctions against the son of former President Saleh, and Britain and America officially rejected this request.
He pointed out that the Southern National Coalition was formed in accordance with the principles and objectives of 13 southern political parties and components, and was not created to antagonize anyone, but rather to achieve the aspirations of its broad masses that came out over the past months in the southern governorates, adding that the coalition was founded for dialogue and peace, and supports the Federal Yemen Project. The new coalition consists of six regions, stressing that the coalition was able, within a short period, to possess a broad mass base and two parliamentary and ministerial blocs, and succeeded in eliminating the totalitarian ideology in the south and creating the opinion and the other opinion.
He pointed out that the General People’s Congress Party is considered the first Umma Party, which made great efforts in serving the Yemeni people, and was counting on it a lot to rescue the country from these difficult conditions, but the divisions that occurred to it weakened it and kept it away from leadership.
Al-Essi said: We made great efforts to unite the ranks and reunite the General People’s Congress, and we held a number of meetings in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and in the city of Jeddah. Including the reunification of the conference class.
Al-Eisi stressed that the most prominent problem that the GPC suffers from are leadership disputes, and that there are attempts by the leading congress figures to monopolize the leadership of the party, and that the situation in the country imposes on the leaders of the Congress unification and reunification.
He pointed out that the faction of the General People’s Congress present at home is defeated, and that the first is the so-called Abu Dhabi conference, the Saudi conference, and the Cairo conference to meet at one table for the sake of the conference and the country as a whole.
Al-Essa noted that comprehensive reconciliation in Yemen is the demand of all the people and that it is the only way to solve the country’s problem, and that Yemen needs political leaders who have the courage to sacrifice and present projects to unite and meet and save the country from this ordeal.
And he added, “Seven years of fighting, no one has reached a conclusion, and one side has not been able to overcome another, and the Yemenis are still fuel for this war.”
He stressed that all Yemeni political parties support national reconciliation, but each party has its own way, and that the legitimate government is ready to sign a peace agreement with al-Houthi, provided that he returns to his senses, ends the coup and complies with legitimacy and international resolutions.
He continued, “All of Yemen’s problems will only be solved by its sons, and that Hamas and the seriousness of the international powers in the cause of peace in Yemen differ from one period to another, each according to his goals,” praising recent American positions and their enthusiasm to end the conflict in Yemen, through its special envoy, calling The parties to the conflict in Yemen to exploit that enthusiasm and bring their views closer until a sustainable peace is established.
In his interview, Sheikh Al-Eisi touched upon what was falsely attributed to him by the Areej press network about the existence of commercial dealings between him and Houthi leaders, saying: We sent a message to the Areej network and we are waiting for a response, and the option of resorting to the judiciary is open, and the Al-Eisi Group does not have any commercial activities in the areas where it is located. It is controlled by the Houthi group, and all our factories and headquarters in the Houthi commercial areas have been closed since the start of the coup.
Regarding the collapse of the national currency, Al-Eisi stated that his role in the office of the Presidency of the Republic is advisory, not executive. In 2018, he presented proposals and advice to the government to stop the currency’s deterioration, and that the Economic Committee had a major role in restoring the Yemeni riyal to its value; But the suspension of the commission’s work again caused the currency to collapse.
Al-Eisi explained that the main reasons for the economic deterioration are the Houthi group’s acquisition in Sana’a of most of the state’s revenues, foremost of which are customs, taxes and communications revenues, and that the reason for this continuing is the government’s failure to set any controls for all revenues to reach the state treasury.
Regarding President Hadi’s decision to liberate the sale and purchase of oil derivatives, Al-Eisi stated that the import and sale of oil derivatives was the responsibility of the Yemeni Oil Company only, but the Houthi coup caused the oil company to stop working, and Aden refineries that were importing oil stopped working due to the Houthis’ control of the oil pipeline. , so that oil becomes de facto liberated; Because government companies stopped supplying oil and the task was taken over by private sector companies, whether in Houthi-controlled areas or liberated areas, and after the United Nations’ directions to stop importing oil through the port of Hodeidah, it was agreed with President Hadi to officially announce the liberation of oil derivatives and to find an alternative to supplying citizens in areas under control The Houthis and the areas liberated with oil derivatives, and a special delegation from the coalition came down to facilitate the task, stressing that the decision to liberate the derivatives is a political decision and not against or with Ahmed Al-Essi or others.
Speaking about the ship that sank in Aden; Al-Essi said that the ship does not belong to an overseas company, but that they are a shipping agent for it, and that it has been standing and has not carried any goods since 2013, and that the reason for its sinking is the unprofessional method carried out by the competent authorities during its towing, by making a large hole in it that caused water to enter it, and the documents prove that.
Al-Eisi called for the formation of a press committee that would conduct investigations to expose the corrupt and reveal the facts, expressing the willingness of the Al-Essi group to receive that committee and cooperate with it to reach the truth and broadcast it to the people.
Speaking about sports as president of the Football Association, and about the non-participation of some clubs in the south of the country in the football league that has recently resumed its activity; Al-Eisi considered this failure to participate as a private matter for those clubs, and that the federation would deal with it through the applicable regulations and statutes.
Al-Eisi expressed his pride and pride that the General Football Association is the only cohesive institution in the country, which has not fragmented, after preventing the entry of politics into its corridors.
In the context of his speech, Al-Eisi touched on the Riyadh Agreement and his position on it, stressing that he attended the signing of the agreement and blessed it, and considered it a positive step, and that although it was not fully implemented, it helped to remove the sharpness of the dispute between the legitimate government and the transitional, and that the days would improve the situation, wishing the transitional to implement what it is allotted by Agreement to complete the treatment of all outstanding problems in this file.
Al-Eisi indicated that he paid a large tax for standing by the Yemeni people and their constitutional legitimacy, stressing that he does not regret that, and that his support for the president stems from his devotion to his country, considering President Hadi a symbol of the country.
Al-Eisi concluded his speech by saying: It is time for the Yemeni people to meet, and to create a comprehensive and sustainable consensus and reconciliation, especially after the difficult situation the country has reached.
Al-Eisi is one of the Yemeni political and economic figures that have sparked widespread controversy in recent times.