The port, the lifeblood of millions who live in a country teetering on the brink of famine, has been a flashpoint for years. The relief of the humanitarian crisis is one of the driving forces behind Biden’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war. Since taking office, Biden has taken steps to remove the Houthi designation as a terrorist, and he declared that The end of American support For offensive operations carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.
In statements carried by a media allied with the Houthis on Monday, the group’s spokesman, Muhammad Abd al-Salam, responded to the Saudi initiative by saying that lifting the siege on Yemen must end first. Lifting the siege does not require an initiative, and bartering on the humanitarian issue is a crime against everyone [Yemeni] People, “he said.
Abdul Salam added that 14 ships loaded with fuel were not allowed to reach the port of Hodeidah. He rejected what he described as the Saudi positions, adding that the Saudi proposal repeated the same points that have been under negotiation for more than a year.
”[Holding] Abdul Salam said that the dialogue between the Yemenis comes after Saudi Arabia announced the cessation of aggression and the breaking of the siege.
Since mid-February, shortly after the United States announced the designation of the Houthis as terrorists They intensified their attacks On the kingdom, sparking angry reactions from the US-backed coalition, which said the Houthi rebels were encouraged by the reversal.
Earlier this month, the Houthis confirmed to the Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik that the rebel group had held indirect talks with US officials through Omani mediators.
The Iran-aligned rebels overthrew the Saudi-backed government 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 Houthis to accept the proposal, stressing the need to continue protecting its borders, and rejecting Iranian interference in Yemen.
Ali Al-Mujahid from Sana’a contributed to this report.