Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has slammed the United States’ interventionist measures in Yemen, saying Washington is hindering a political resolution of the conflict gripping the impoverished country.
In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the movement’s spokesman, said, “The US meddling in Yemen has led to the violation of [the country’s] national sovereignty through military acts of aggression.”
“The US brought Saudi Arabia and the UAE with itself and tried to activate al-Qaeda and Daesh [in Yemen],” he added.
The spokesman said, “Economically, they imposed a heavy siege, which caused disaster in all aspects of livelihood. The one who is preventing a political solution is America.”
Saudi Arabia launched a devastating military aggression against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western countries.
The aim was to return to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush the Houthi movement which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.
The war has stopped well shy of all of its goals, despite killing tens of thousands of Yemenis and turning entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Yemeni forces have gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.
Over the past few months, the strategic Ma’rib Province has been the scene of large-scale operations by Yemeni armed forces, who are pushing against Saudi-backed mercenaries as well as Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorists.
Upon a request by Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, Yemen’s National Salvation Government recently proposed a peace initiative that prioritizes the humanitarian situation in Ma’rib.
Ma’rib peace initiative ‘key to resolving Yemen crisis’
Speaking on Wednesday, Jalal al-Rowaishan, the deputy head of Yemen’s national negotiating delegation, said that the initiative is “the key to resolving the crisis.”
“This initiative put the international community in front of a real test and proved that there is no serious determination to establish peace in Yemen,” he said.
The official added, “The American and international supporters of the aggression on Yemen are seeking no solutions, and thus we anticipate that the initiative will continue to be ignored.”