Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called on Yemen’s Houthis to match what he called Saudi Arabia’s “commitment” to ending the war in Yemen.
Blinken said he spoke with Timothy Lenderking, the US special envoy for Yemen who recently traveled to the region. “He reports that the Saudis and the Republic of Yemen Government are committed and eager to find a solution to the conflict,” Blinken said. “We call on the Houthis to match this commitment.”
Over the past few weeks, fighting has been raging in Yemen’s Maarib province. The Houthis are attempting to take the last territory held by the Saudi-backed government. While the Houthis may be on the offensive in Maarib, the Saudis show no sign of easing up their end of the war, which is a vicious bombing campaign that has left millions facing starvation.
Since President Biden said he would end US support for Riyadh’s “offensive” operations in the war, Saudi airstrikes have continued to pound Yemen. Hundreds have been killed on both sides during the latest fighting in Maarib. Speaking to China’s Xinhua, a Yemeni government official credited the “intensification” of Saudi airstrikes in repelling the Houthis.