Al-Houthi signs an agreement with a Chinese oil company…and the government…

The “Ansar Allah” (Houthi) group announced, on Saturday, the signing of an agreement with a Chinese company to invest in the field of oil exploration, in a step that is the first of its kind that the group has taken since the outbreak of the war nearly 9 years ago.

According to the “Saba” news agency, in its version run by the Houthis, the Ministry of Oil and Minerals (in the government formed by the group is not recognized), signs a memorandum of understanding with the “Anton Oil” company and with a representative of the Chinese government, to invest in the field of oil exploration in the Republic of Yemen.

The memorandum of understanding was signed after several negotiations and coordination with several foreign companies to convince them to invest in oil exploration, according to the Houthi agency, Saba.

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The agency quoted the Houthi Oil Minister, Ahmed Darras, as saying: “There are many negotiations underway with several international companies to enter this field in Yemen,” explaining that “work will be done to put the final touches in order to sign memorandums of understanding with them.”

The Houthi official warned foreign companies against dealing or concluding any contracts with a government he described as “mercenaries”, referring to the internationally recognized government in the interim capital, Aden, in the south of the country.
Daris also called on investment companies to visit Yemen in order to learn about the potential, investment opportunities, advantages and facilities that their investments will enjoy.

“We warn against dealing with the Houthis”
For his part, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Minerals in the recognized Yemeni government, Engineer Shawqi Al-Mikhlafi, said that his ministry will coordinate with the concerned authorities in the government represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by addressing the Chinese government and its embassy in Yemen and the aforementioned company to remind the decisions of international legitimacy in this regard not to deal with the coup militia. Houthi and its tools.

In a special statement to “Arabi 21”, Al-Mikhlafi confirmed that “the legitimate authorities will also make sure that the representative of the Chinese government participates in the matter, according to what was reported by the Houthi militia news agency.”

The government official also downplayed the Houthi move, saying it was “for media and political consumption by the group.”

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil in the legitimate government stressed that he does not believe “the presence of an official representative of Beijing” – as the Houthi militia claimed – given China’s firm positions in support of the legitimate government and its keenness as a member of the UN Security Council to respect the resolutions of international legitimacy.

Al-Mikhlafi added that Beijing had and still has firm positions in support of Yemeni legitimacy to embody the historical friendship between the two countries, which the militia is trying hard to undermine these positions.

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The Yemeni official in the legitimate government warned “all investment companies against dealing with the Houthi militia,” holding any company that deals with it fully responsible for that.

He pointed out that “the Yemeni government and its Ministry of Oil and Minerals reserve all their legal rights to sue any companies that will deal with this militia.”

And “Anton Oil” is a Chinese company working in oilfield technology in the world, as it was established in 1999 in China.

In 2007, Anton Oil was successfully listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, becoming the first Chinese private oilfield technology service company listed in Hong Kong.

According to the company’s official website, the company operates in more than 30 countries and regions. Including China, the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

It says it is an innovative company with a combination of geo-engineering, production, cost-cutting and in-depth development of emerging global oil and gas markets.

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