Luke, the salvation for millions living in a country rocking on the brink of starvation, has been a tension for years. Mitigating the humanitarian crisis is one of the driving forces behind Biden’s efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the war. Since taking office, Biden has taken steps to remove the Houthi terrorist label and announced the end of U.S. support for offensive operations led by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
In comments made by the Houthi office on Monday, group spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam responded to the Saudi initiative by saying that the lifting of the blockade of Yemen must be completed first. “Removing the blockade does not require initiative, and the exchange of humanitarian issues is a crime against the whole.” [Yemeni] people, ”he said.
Abdel Salam added that 14 ships carrying fuel were not allowed to reach the port of Hodeidah. He rejected what he described as a Saudi stance, adding that the Saudi proposal repeated the same points in the negotiations for more than a year.
“[Holding] “dialogue between Yemenis will come after Saudi Arabia announces the cessation of aggression and the breaking of the blockade,” Abdel Salam said.
Since mid-February, shortly after the US announced the appointment of terrorists, the Houthis intensified their attacks to the kingdom, which provoked furious responses from the US-backed coalition, which said the Houthi rebels were encouraged by the upheaval.
Earlier this month, the Houthis confirmed to the Russian state news agency Sputnik that the rebel group had indirect talks with US officials through Omani mediators.
Iranian rebels overthrew a government backed by Saudi Arabia and seized Sanaa and other cities in 2014, prompting Saudi Arabia to intervene in 2015.
On Monday, the Saudi foreign minister called on the Yemeni government and the Hutus to accept the proposal, stressing the need to continue protecting their borders and rejecting Iranian interference in Yemen.
But Al-Mujahed of Sana’a contributed to this report.