On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the attack coincides with the first visit of the US special envoy to Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, to the region, as part of efforts to achieve a lasting peace that alleviates the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Price indicated that the Houthis continue to declare their desire to prolong the war by attacking Saudi Arabia and endangering civilians.
The spokesman stressed that, “The United States remains committed to increasing support to Saudi Arabia in order to defend itself against threats to its lands. At the same time, it will continue its diplomatic efforts and its engagement with many stakeholders, including regional partners, humanitarian aid organizations, the UN special envoy and others to achieve a settlement.” Negotiated to end the war. ”
“We believe that this is the only path forward and that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen,” Price said.
Price again urged “the Houthis to immediately cease their offensive actions and to show real commitment and constructive engagement in the peace negotiations.”
Regarding the possibility of reconsidering the US President’s administration’s decision, Joe Biden, to withdraw from listing the Houthis on the list of terrorist organizations, Price told Al-Hurra that “the Secretary of State’s intention to reverse this decision has nothing to do with the disgraceful behavior of the Houthis. They are responsible for the attacks against civilians and the kidnapping of American citizens. ”
He added, “The minister’s decision relates to the humanitarian consequences of the last-minute listing of the Houthis on the terrorism list by the previous administration, which officials and humanitarian organizations indicated that this step would accelerate the worst humanitarian disaster that already exists in the world.”
Price indicated that the leaders of Ansar Allah Al-Houthi, namely Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, Abdul-Khaliq Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim, are still subject to international and American sanctions. He stressed that it is possible for Houthi leaders to expect that they will come under great pressure from the United States.
“We do not intend to relinquish pressure on those we believe are responsible for these attacks and who seek to harm US citizens and our Saudi partners,” Price said.
On the visit of the US special envoy to Yemen to Saudi Arabia, Price told Al-Hurra that this visit is an insistence on diplomacy and an acknowledgment that there is no political solution to the conflict in Yemen.
“This conflict can only be resolved through diplomacy and through the support of the international efforts of Mr. Griffiths that may bring peace to Yemen,” he added.
Price explained that Lenderking is in Saudi Arabia and met with the UN envoy, Martin Griffiths, and officials from the Yemeni and Saudi governments.