Afraid of the Houthis? Saudi Arabia asks US and UK to exercise restraint

Date:

loading…

The US and UK launch attacks on Houthi bases in Yemen. Photo/Reuters

GAZA – Saudi Arabia called for restraint and “avoiding escalation” in connection with air strikes launched by the United States and Britain against sites linked to the Houthi movement in Yemen. Is this a form of fear from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards the Houthis?

Saudi Arabia, which in recent months has been involved in peace negotiations with the Houthi group in Yemen. “Saudi is closely monitoring the situation with great concern,” said a statement from the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry, reported by Reuters.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia emphasizes the importance of maintaining the security and stability of the Red Sea region, because freedom of navigation in it is an international demand,” the ministry added.

The Houthi movement, a group allied with Iran and controlling much of Yemen after nearly a decade of fighting against a Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition, has emerged as a strong supporter of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in its war against Israel.

Also read: Experts say the US attack on Yemen will trigger a large-scale war in the Middle East

The group has attacked commercial ships said to be linked to Israel or bound for Israeli ports.

The Houthi chief negotiator, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said on Thursday that the group’s attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea did not threaten peace talks with Saudi Arabia.

Previously, the Houthis claimed the group’s attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea did not threaten peace talks with Saudi Arabia, and blamed Israel’s war on Gaza for dragging the Middle East into conflict territory.

The Houthi movement, a group allied with Iran and controlling much of Yemen after nearly a decade of fighting against a Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition, has emerged as a strong supporter of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in its war against Israel.

However, the main Houthi negotiator, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said the attacks in the Red Sea had no impact on the ongoing peace process with Saudi Arabia, with Oman and the UN mediating.

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related