The Houthi group responded to the United States’ accusation of refusing to engage in a ceasefire by declaring its readiness for dialogue on the condition that the siege be lifted and what it described as the aggression against Yemen ceased.
A member of the Houthi political bureau, Muhammad al-Bakhiti, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera today, Friday, that they are ready to engage in dialogue, but he stipulated the withdrawal of foreign forces from Yemen and a halt to the bombing and siege imposed on the group in order to enter into negotiations in order to reach a solution. Read also Backed by Saudi Arabia and waiting for the Houthis.. Lender king talks about a fair initiative for a ceasefire in Yemen Yemen .. What is behind the escalation of the “transitional” against the government and its hint that the “state of the south” is soon to be restored The last strongholds of the government in northern Yemen.. Learn about the most important stations of the battle of Marin
Al-Bakhiti added that it is not possible to enter into a dialogue under the siege and bombing by the Saudi-Emirati coalition, considering that a ceasefire without responding to the group’s condition does not lead to peace.
The leader accused the other parties of rejecting the final option offered by Yemen, which is to stop the “aggression”, lift the siege, and withdraw foreign forces from the country, saying that dialogue can start if the siege and bombing stops.
Al-Bakhiti talked about the justifications for the Houthi attack on the Ma’rib Governorate (northeast of Yemen), considering that military operations against the group’s militants were conducted from there.
A few days ago, the Houthis stressed the need to separate the humanitarian file from any military or political issues within the framework of any negotiations that could lead to a political settlement.
US accusations against the Houthis
Earlier today, the US State Department said that the Houthis bear great responsibility for their refusal to engage meaningfully in a ceasefire and to take steps to reach a solution to the nearly 7-year-old conflict, which has caused unimaginable suffering.
The ministry added – in a statement published days after the return of the US special envoy Timothy Linderking from the region – that the Houthis are continuing what it described as their devastating attack on Marib, noting that the international community condemned this attack. She also said the Houthi attack on Ma’rib is leaving them increasingly isolated.
The US statement indicated that Lenderking discussed, during his recent tour of the region, the need to strengthen comprehensive processes that enable Yemenis to discuss the future of their country, and strengthen calls for peace.
At the same time, Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the foreign ministers of the Sultanate of Oman and the United States stressed today the importance of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.
The correspondent said that the two ministers discussed, in a phone call, the need to intensify efforts to stop the war in Yemen.
On his last tour of the region, Lenderking held talks in Muscat and Riyadh, and his tour coincided with a similar tour of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who visited Sanaa and met Houthi leaders.
The tour of the US and UN envoys did not result in tangible progress towards a ceasefire in Yemen, amid mutual accusations about the party obstructing the settlement efforts made by several parties.
Recently, Washington said that it has a “fair initiative” for a ceasefire in Yemen, which is supported by the Saudi and Yemeni governments.
Houthi criticism of the Security Council
On the other hand, the head of the Houthi political council, Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, criticized the position of the United Nations Security Council, blaming it for the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, amid UN warnings that millions of Yemenis are facing the threat of starvation.
In tweets on Twitter, Al-Houthi accused the Security Council of not criminalizing the Saudi-Emirati coalition in preventing the sale of oil stored in the Safer tanker.
The Houthi leader called on the Security Council to compel the United Nations to implement the signed agreement to avoid the catastrophic diversion of the tanker anchored years ago off the port of Hodeidah.
He pointed out that the coalition does not allow the implementation of the Safer Maintenance Agreement, and this confirms the failure of the UN envoy to Yemen, Griffiths, as he put it.
Al-Houthi presented documents that he said were of a previous agreement signed by the United Nations on dealing with the problem of the oil tanker, before retracting it.
This comes at a time when the rotating president of the UN Security Council, the representative of Estonia to the United Nations, Sven Jorgensen, said that the members of the council stressed the need for an immediate solution to the outstanding issues in the ongoing talks on Yemen.
The Security Council called on the Houthis to facilitate unconditional access and provide security for UN experts to conduct a comprehensive and impartial assessment of the status of the oil tanker “Safer” in order to carry out the initial repair without further delay.