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Yemen’s forces will cease operations once Saudi-led aggression, siege stop: Official

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Supporters of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement demonstrate against the United States decision to designate the group as a foreign terrorist organization, in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 20, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

A senior member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council says Yemeni forces will suspend their retaliatory military operations only after Saudi Arabia and its allies put an end to their devastating war and all-out blockade against the Arab country.

While the G7 foreign ministers condemned attacks by Yemeni Armed Forces on Saudi Arabia and the ongoing operation to liberate Yemen’s central city of Ma'rib in a communiqué released after two days of talks in London, they closed their eyes to the Saudi-led aggression, siege and occupation, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti wrote in a post published on his Twitter page Saturday.

He denounced the G7 move as “international hypocrisy.”

“That is why we are continuing our offensives against Saudi Arabia and for the liberation of Yemeni territories,” Bukhaiti pointed out.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, has already cast doubt on recent remarks by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he plans to find a political solution to the Yemeni conflict, emphasizing that actions and words should always agree with each other if the Saudi-led coalition is serious about peace.

“We are taking heed of such remarks. There is no dispute among the Yemenis, but rather with the US-British-Saudi-Emirati coalition of aggression and their allies. We, therefore, hope the countries that are besieging [Yemen] and spearheading the onslaught will recognize the importance of parties with which meeting can bring peace to Yemeni people. If they are serious about peace, it will be achieved,” Houthi tweeted recently.

Bin Salman, in a television interview broadcast by the Middle East Broadcasting Center on Tuesday, urged Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement to “sit at the negotiating table” to find solutions that could “assure the rights of the people of Yemen and also the interests of the region.”

He asserted that the kingdom would not oppose the presence of Ansarullah at the negotiating table.

Hadi ready to negotiate with Ansarullah

Head of the office of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said Friday the Saudi-backed figure is ready for direct negotiations with Ansarullah officials over situation in Ma’rib.

“Clashes in Mar’ib have claimed the lives of some 240 members of our forces, and left nearly 5,000 others injured since last January,” Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television quoted Abdullah al-Alimi as saying.

Alimi asserted that Hadi loyalists have agreed to the opening of Sana’a airport, further alleging that the former Yemeni administration was not represented during the recent negotiations in the Omani capital city of Muscat.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and other regional allies, launched the bloody war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing Ansarullah. 

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees have, however, gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also destroyed Yemen's infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases across the country.

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