Yemen’s government condemned the appointment of a new Houthi ambassador to Syria on Monday and urged the International Criminal Police Organisation to issue an arrest warrant.
Abdullah Sabri, who is wanted by the Yemeni government, was named as a Houthi envoy to Damascus on Sunday. He succeeded Naif Al Qanas, who took the position in 2016.
“Various governments were informed not to deal with Abdullah Ali Sabri, Naif Al Qanas, and Ibrahim Muhammad Al Dailami, or to facilitate their movement and to hand them over to the government of the Republic of Yemen if found on their territory,” the foreign ministry said.
“The judicial authorities in our country have initiated the necessary legal procedures to issue compulsory arrest warrants against the individuals via Interpol,” the ministry said.
The Yemeni government is seeking a Red Notice on the individuals, administered by Interpol.
The procedure is not an international arrest warrant but rather an appeal from one state to another to assist in locating and arresting an accused person for the purpose of extradition, according to Interpol.
In August, the rebels appointed Mohammed Al Dailami as an ambassador in Tehran. The move was condemned by the government as a breach of international laws.
Iran made no announcement about accepting the appointment of an ambassador for the Houthis, who have controlled the Yemeni capital Sanaa and much of the north since 2014.
Yemen’s president severed diplomatic relations with Iran in October 2015, accusing Tehran of providing military aid and finance to the rebels.
“The exchange of diplomatic relations between Tehran and the Houthi militias breaches the international laws and norms and contravenes United Nations Security Council resolutions related to the Yemen crisis,” the government said on Twitter.