The US State Department said that Washington’s special envoy to Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, met in the Jordanian capital, Amman, with UN envoy Martin Griffiths.
According to the ministry, the US and UN envoys stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, in order to allow the entry of humanitarian aid.
On the other hand, Houthi spokesman Muhammad Abdul Salam said that entering an oil ship into Yemen from time to time and wishing it to the Yemeni people, and then describing it as an achievement despite the violations, is an unparalleled absurdity, as he described it.
Abdul Salam added in a tweet that the arrival of medicine, food and oil derivatives to the Yemeni people is a guaranteed right unconditionally and in all circumstances, and made it clear that no barter or blackmail is accepted for human rights guaranteed to all humanity.
On Tuesday, the Yemeni government announced that a number of oil ships had been allowed to enter the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah, in the west of the country, to limit the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.
“The Yemeni government has again allowed a number of oil derivatives ships to enter Hodeidah to alleviate the current humanitarian situation,” Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak said on his Twitter account.
On April 14, the Yemeni government announced that a number of oil ships would be allowed to enter the port of Hodeidah on humanitarian grounds.
This comes a day after the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called for the need to remove obstacles that prevent Yemenis from obtaining food and basic commodities, at a press conference before leaving the capital, Sanaa, after holding talks with the Houthi leader.
In another matter, the Houthi group said that its agreement with the United Nations regarding the oil tanker “Safer” threatened to explode had reached a dead end, accusing the international organization of backing away from the tanker’s maintenance work.
The group added that the UN plan excluded most of the urgent maintenance work and kept only the assessment work, stressing that the discussion with the UN side is still ongoing.
Since 2015, the status of the tanker has constituted a crisis between the Houthis and the Yemeni government, which accuses them of using a pretext for blackmail and political bartering, while experts warn of the environmental consequences of the dilapidated tanker, which stores more than one million barrels of crude.