Reuters TOM BRENNER
The administration of US President Joe Biden announced that it would continue to pressure the Houthi leadership due to their attacks on Saudi Arabia, while at the same time working with all parties concerned, stressing that “there is no military solution in Yemen.”
“We will continue to hold the Houthi leadership accountable for their reprehensible behavior, including the ongoing attacks on our Saudi partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a press conference Thursday evening.
He added, “The principle that the United States and indeed Saudi Arabia and the rest of the region recognize, is that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen. This matter becomes more evident in the world.”
Price indicated that for this very reason, one of the first actions that Biden took after assuming the presidency was the appointment of Timothy Lenderking as a special US envoy to Yemen, stressing that one of his primary goals was to support the efforts of the UN envoy, Martin Griffiths.
“We intend, while we will continue to exert pressure on the Houthi leadership, that we also continue to work with all concerned parties to ensure our ability to initially reach a stable and sustainable ceasefire, and then a stable and sustainable political solution,” the State Department spokesman added.
And he added, “This is what will ultimately result in the alleviation of the human suffering of the Yemeni people and will also lead to a more stable Yemen and a safer Saudi Arabia.”
The Biden administration, who took office on January 20, 2021, is taking a tougher approach toward Saudi Arabia, especially compared to that of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden had previously announced the cessation of support for the operations of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen with the freezing of arms sales to the Kingdom, and directed the removal of the “Ansar Allah” Houthi group from the list of terrorism, but with the preservation of sanctions on its leadership and pledging to continue assisting Saudi Arabia in the attacks against it.