US imposes sanctions on Houthi military rulers, calls on Iran to help peace
The United States has imposed sanctions on two Houthi military officials leading the offensive of the Iran-aligned movement to seize the gas-rich Marib region of Yemen, the US special envoy for the Yemen said on Thursday. Yemen.
Tim Lenderking urged the group struggling against a Saudi-led coalition for more than six years to de-escalate and seriously engage with US and UN efforts for a necessary ceasefire for ending the war, a foreign policy priority for the Biden administration.
“The Houthis are not winning in Marib. Instead, they are putting a lot of pressure on an already very fragile humanitarian situation, they are putting the lives of a million internally displaced people … in danger.” , Lenderking said.
He said the United States would impose sanctions on Thursday on the Chief of the General Staff leading the Houthi offensive in Marib, Muhammad Abd Al-Karim Al-Ghamali, and on a Houthi force chief assigned to the advance, Yousuf al-Madani.
“If there was no offensive, if there was a commitment to peace, if the parties all come forward to deal constructively with the UN envoy, there is no wouldn’t need any designations, ”Lenderking said at a virtual press briefing.
Lenderking praised the direct talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but said he had yet to see positive engagement from Iran to end the conflict in Yemen, which has killed dozens of thousands of people and left millions facing starvation.
“I think this is a potentially constructive engagement and we wish both parties success as it will not only be good for the overall tensions in the region, but there should be a positive impact on the conflict in Yemen in particular,” did he declare.
The envoy said Washington wanted a long-term solution beyond a ceasefire and urged Tehran to support the peace talks.