Houthis Clarify: Not Dismissing US Proposal, Peace Talks Still Ongoing

Spokesman had previously shrugged off US overture

Dismissing a peace proposal out of hand is a good way to get spun as opposing peace in general, and this was the problem with Yemen’s rebel Houthis after one of their spokesman shrugged off a US proposal, saying it was “nothing new.”

Spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salem tried to walk that back this weekend, saying that his group had not rejected any US proposals, and that discussions are still ongoing.

US officials say they believe there is no longer any military solution to Yemen, and instead of continuing to back the Saudi war any longer, they’re trying to get the peace process going.

The problem is that it’s been apparent that the Saudis weren’t going to “win” the war for years and needed to reach a settlement. In that respect, there really is “nothing new” here, though the US backing the idea may force the Saudis to recognize the reality of it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.