The US State Department said that Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement bears responsibility for failing to reach a ceasefire, accusing it of failing to take steps toward ending the conflict.
“While many parties raise problems inside Yemen, Houthis bear a great responsibility for refusing to participate in the ceasefire and to take steps to solve the nearly seven-year conflict that has caused untold suffering to the Yemeni people,” the ministry stated.
The ministry indicated that the US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, visited Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. He discussed the humanitarian, economic crisis in Yemen with Yemeni officials and international partners.
Since taking office in January, US President Joe Biden has made Yemen a priority and appointed, Lenderking to help revive UN peace efforts.
After Lenderking’s return, the State Department accused Houthis of exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen by attacking Marib, the last stronghold of the Saudi-backed government in the north of the country.
“They are continuing a devastating attack on Marib, which the international community denounces and is imposing increasing isolation [on Houthis],” the foreign ministry said.
The authority added that Lenderking held talks with Yemenis about promoting inclusive processes that could help citizens discuss the country’s future and advance efforts to achieve peace.