American envoys from Trump-era foreign policy as special envoys confirm talks with Houthi rebels to end Yemen civil war.
The United States Special Envoy in Yemen has said that Washington is using back-channel discussion to talk to the leadership of the Houthi rebels in an effort to end the country’s long-running war.
Timothy Lander said, “We are working with our Gulf allies, the United Nations and others to activate international diplomatic efforts to push the parties toward a compromise negotiation to end the war in Yemen.” To create the right conditions for the break “State Department briefing on Tuesday.
“We have ways of getting the message to the Houthis and we are using those channels very aggressively like we are entangled … with a person headed by major countries,” he continued.
The move is part of a broader reset on US policy for Yemen and the broader Middle East.
Yemen’s conflict began in 2014 when Howty attacked the capital Sanaa, with President Abdu-Rabbu Mansoor Hadi being ousted.
In March 2015, a military alliance assembled by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) entered the conflict in an attempt to withdraw the gains made by the Houthis.
More than 100,000 people have died in the war and the cause has been described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
President Donald Trump’s former administration, which maintained close ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, called the Iran-coalition Houthis a “terror” organization, which the Biden administration canceled on Tuesday.
The Biden administration has also said that it has ceased the aggressive support of Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, although the exact details are muted.
The war has battered Yemen, the Arab nation’s poorest nation. According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s 30 million people depend on humanitarian aid to survive.
The severe humanitarian crisis for humanity was complicated by a Saudi-led blockade at Yemen’s ports that began in 2017, when the Houthis fired missiles at the state.
The blockade has led to widespread starvation, and international organizations, as well as the United States and the United Nations, have ruled it out. In December, the U.N. warned that famine-like conditions reappeared in parts of Yemen, with nearly half of the population experiencing high levels of food insecurity.
The headlines have remained largely deadlocked for years, but in recent weeks the Houthis have begun an offensive to capture Marib, 120 km (75 mi) of Sanaa, the last northern stronghold of the internationally recognized government ) Is in the east.
The attack on the city would put two million civilians at risk, with hundreds of thousands forced to flee – with unimaginable human consequences. Now is the time to de-escalate, not to add more to the suffering of the Yemeni people.
– Mark Lokok (@UNReliefChief) 15 February, 2021
On Tuesday, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief said that on Tuesday he was “greatly alarmed” by the Houthis’ advance, noting that the attack on Marib could harm two million civilians causing mass displacement of hundreds of thousands.
The result would be “inconceivable”, Mark Lovelock, the United Nations’ underscritary-general for humanitarian affairs, wrote on Twitter.
During the briefing, Landerking cited Lococ’s statement that the Houthis’ move to Marib is about to push “an already existing human infrastructure beyond the breaking point”.