US Envoy Accuses Houthis for Postponement of Yemen Peace Deal
On Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen criticized the Iran-affiliated Houthi movement for the gridlock to a U.N.-led peace accord in the main port of Hodeidah and stated that Houthi weapons pose a threat to other nations in the region.
The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a truce and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah that is basically under the control of the Houthis, during discussions in Sweden in December. The accord was the first big development in attempts to bring an end to Yemen’s four-year war.
While the ceasefire was largely followed, the troop pullout by both parties has not transpired with each side accusing the other for lack of development. The agreement directed to avoid a full-scale attack on the port, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.
Ambassador Matthew Tueller during a televised news conference from the southern port of Aden, where the internationally acknowledged government is based stated that they are greatly disappointed by what they consider as postponement and halting on the part of the Houthis in enforcing what they reached in Sweden. However, he has great trust and faith in the UN envoy and in his duty.
He stated that they are ready to work with others in order to enforce the deal that was reached in Sweden and observe if the Houthis can present a political maturity and start to act in the interest of Yemen, instead of working for those who want to cripple and destroy Yemen.
Tueller stated that he had not given up dream that the deal would be enforced in Hodeidah, where thousands of Yemeni forces supported the Saudi-led coalition is assembled on the outskirts. The United States has backed the Yemeni government against the Houthis and offered military support to the alliance headed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which includes help with targeting for Saudi air strikes.