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LONDON: US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking met with senior UK and Gulf officials in London, as part of his first tour of 2022 to reinvigorate peace efforts in coordination with the UN.
In talks with UK Middle East and North Africa Minister James Cleverly, the two sides stressed that they were “committed to working together to advance a lasting resolution to the conflict in Yemen, help stabilize the economy and support urgent measures to alleviate the humanitarian crisis”. .”
The US envoy also participated in a Quint meeting hosted by the UK to discuss the situation in Yemen with senior officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Britain, as well as with UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg.

Lenderking was in Riyadh, the United Arab Emirates and Oman last week, where he focused on the urgent need for de-escalation and the protection of all civilians, bringing the parties together to support an inclusive peace process led by the UN and doing more to solve economic problems. stability, humanitarian access and fuel shortages, a State Department spokesperson told Arab News.
His visit comes as the Iran-backed Houthi militia has stepped up cross-border attacks on populated areas of Saudi Arabia and attempted to strike the UAE capital twice in the past two weeks. The Houthis also continued their brutal offensive against Yemen’s Marib province, which has been home to millions of internally displaced people who have fled fighting since the conflict began in 2014.
The United States has repeatedly pledged to continue working with partners in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to help them defend against these deplorable Houthi attacks, the department said. of state.

However, growing calls from regional allies are pressuring US President Joe Biden’s administration to re-list the Houthis as a terrorist organization a year after reversing a last-minute government decision. former President Donald Trump to nominate the militia.
“We will continue to work with our allies and partners in the region, particularly to promote accountability for the Houthis, the Houthi leaders who are behind these terrorist attacks,” the State Department said.
He added that the new designation of the Houthis as an “international terrorist organization” is “under review” and that the United States should implement additional measures, including sanctions, to hold Houthi leaders accountable.
But when asked by Arab News about the possibility of the Biden administration putting the militia back up for sale, he said, “The United States remains committed to improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen and should fully consider the humanitarian implications.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price also said he would not give in to naming Houthi leaders and entities involved in military offensives that threaten civilians and regional stability and perpetuate conflict, who are responsible for some of the human rights violations or violations of international law. humanitarian law.
“When you talk about the humanitarian crisis, there is one actor who is primarily responsible for the suffering of the Yemeni people, the widespread suffering of the Yemeni people. And it’s the Houthis,” Price told reporters at a press briefing.
He added that they are using all appropriate tools to hold the Houthis to account.
The State Department reiterated US condemnation of Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said it remained committed to resolving the Yemeni conflict.
“Helping advance a lasting resolution that ends the conflict in Yemen, improves the lives of Yemenis, and creates space for Yemenis to collectively determine their own future remains a top U.S. foreign policy priority,” he said. declared.