Pope Francis Criticize Armed Power, Yemen War during his UAE Trip
On Monday, Pope Francis criticized the logic of armed power in Yemen, Syria and other Middle East conflict during his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula where Islam surfaced, informing Christians and Muslims that the battle brought nothing except misery and death.
Pope Francis became the first pontiff who set foot on the Peninsula. During his trip to the United Arab Emirates, he made this statement. He stated that the UAE is playing a crucial role in Yemen’s battle by being a part of a Saudi-led military coalition.
After meeting UAE leaders in the capital Abu Dhabi on 4th February, he stated that war creates nothing but misery, weapons also brings about death. For the first time, the first entire day of the trip he wished that religious discussion would help in strengthening peace.
Pope Francis at an inter-religious meeting at the UAE Founder’s Memorial stated that the deadly consequences of war are evident in front of the people’s eyes. He is thinking especially of Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.
Pope Francis during his first public address on the trip to Abu Dhabi after holding a meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque stated that they all should devote themselves against the logic of armed power.
The almost four-year-old civil war in Yemen, which is the poorest Arabian Peninsula country, has resulted in the death of tens of thousands of people and left around 16 million people on the brink severe starvation. The conflict has pitted the Saudi-led coalition loyal to expel President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Iran-affiliated Houthi rebel.
The United Nations is trying to enforce a feeble truce deal in the nation’s main Hodeidah port, which is a lifeline for millions and also the site of some of the war’s brutal battles. Yemen is hopes the deal will pave the way for talks to end the war.