| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Yemen calls for unified, firm int’l stance to curb Houthi terrorism

After condemning the Houthi militia’s escalation in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz Governorate and its targeting of two children with sniper fire, the Presidential Leadership Council (PLC) reiterated its call for unified and firm international positions to stop the terrorism of the Iran-backed group.

PLC member Sultan al-Arada conveyed the Yemeni ruling body’s request during a Monday meeting with Steven Fagin, the US ambassador to Yemen.

This comes at a time when Houthi militias continue to reject UN and international proposals to renew and expand the truce. The militia is also threatening to return to fighting and attacking oil facilities and ports in the liberated areas.

According to official sources, al-Arada discussed with Fagin “developments in Yemen in light of the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militia’s continued targeting of civilians and infrastructure, its lack of commitment to renewing the humanitarian truce, and its failure to accept a permanent and comprehensive peace based on the three basic references.”

“During the meeting, al-Arada referred to PLC efforts in various fields. This included concessions the council made to renew the humanitarian truce and work to expand it and support all regional and international efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive and just peace,” sources added.

The PLC and Yemen’s internationally recognized government are motivated by the chance for ending the suffering of Yemenis and sparing the war-torn country more destruction.

Al-Arada accused Houthis of meeting peace efforts with intransigence and further escalating the violence on the battlefield by targeting vital economic infrastructure.

Moreover, the PLC official said that Houthis were threatening international navigation and foiling all peace efforts aiming at extending the truce.

Al-Arada stressed the need for the international community to have a firm and unified stance towards the terrorist practices of the Houthi militia.

Besides condemning Houthi terrorist activities, the international community must exert the necessary pressure on Tehran to stop its intervention in Yemen, where its activities are destabilizing the country.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat