The United States has reaffirmed the importance of the "defense strategic partnership" with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while attacks by the Yemeni Houthis, close to Iran, increase. </p><div> <p>US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin condemned these attacks during a phone call Thursday with his Saudi counterpart, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the official Saudi Press Agency and a statement by the US Department. The call came after the White House announced that it wanted to "reset" relations between Washington and Riyadh, and to talk directly with Saudi King Salman, not the crown prince, as was the case in the era of Donald Trump. The US Defense Department stated that Austin wanted to "re-emphasize the defense strategic partnership" between the two countries. "He also condemned the recent Houthi border attacks on Saudi Arabia and expressed his commitment to help it defend its borders," she added.
In recent weeks, the Houthis have intensified their drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, as well as launching a new offensive to control the last region controlled by the internationally recognized Yemeni government backed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015. Biden has not yet held talks with Saudi officials since he took office a month ago. Almost. Two weeks after his oath, he announced that the United States had stopped supporting the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, stressing that it had “caused a humanitarian and strategic disaster.”
In another change in the situation, Washington decided to remove the Houthis from the list of terrorist organizations. Trump had included the Houthis on this list at the last minute of his term in a decision that sparked condemnation from humanitarian organizations because they feared it would impede the delivery of aid to the vast areas controlled by the Houthis. Tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, have been killed and millions displaced during the conflict in Yemen, which, according to the United Nations, has caused the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world today.