The US State Department called on the Houthis to stop cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and urged them to quickly engage in the United Nations-led political process. The United States also called on the Houthi militias to stop the advance towards the city of Marib, saying that “the Houthi attack on Marib is the work of a group that is not committed to peace or to ending the war.”
In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States urged the Houthis to stop their advance in Marib, stop all military operations and switch to negotiations. The statement said: “The Houthi attack on Marib is the work of a group that is not committed to peace or an end to the war that afflicted the Yemeni people.”
“If the Houthis are serious about reaching a negotiated political solution, they must stop all military advances and refrain from other destabilizing and lethal actions, including cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia. They must commit to constructively participating in the political process,” the State Department statement added. Meanwhile, the White House condemned the Houthi attack on Abha International Airport, which coincides with the first visit of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, to the region and his efforts to establish a lasting peace.