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U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen asserts his country’s commitment to end conflict

The US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, said that the US will not wait to settle with Iran over reviving the nuclear agreement, to find a political solution in Yemen, at a time when the Yemeni Foreign Ministry stressed that it will not accept turning the conflict in Yemen into a “negotiating paper” in Iran’s hand.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has been trying, since taking office at the beginning of this year, to return to the nuclear agreement with Iran, from which former US President Donald Trump withdrew, and to end the war in Yemen, where Iran supports the Yemeni Houthi group.

Tim Lenderking said, on the sidelines of his participation in the “Manama Dialogue” summit in the Bahraini capital, that the US is intensifying its consultations with the Gulf countries and its allies in Europe to coordinate positions, before resuming talks to revive the nuclear agreement in Vienna.

He continued, “The next day, we met our friends in the UK and Germany, and then Egypt and Jordan. It was all part of the consultations that Rob Malley wanted to do with our allies, before heading to Vienna to resume talks to revive the nuclear deal with Iran.”

The US envoy added, “Iran denies prolonging the war in Yemen, but we know that it does. We would like to see Iran play a constructive role in Yemen, which requires changing its current behavior.”

Lenderking considered that “the progress of the Vienna talks if the US, Europe, and Iran reach a consensus to revive the nuclear agreement, may help change Iran’s role in Yemen.”

He continued, “I am looking forward to making progress in talks with Iran, but at the same time we cannot wait for that to happen, so Washington has a special envoy to Yemen.”

Lenderking explained that President Joe Biden “wants to end the armed conflict in Yemen and work to strengthen humanitarian work to help the Yemeni people. This is what he asked of me, and this is the goal I want to reach.”

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