Yemeni Analysts Feels That US Has Entered Yemeni Peace Process in Order to Gain Benefits
The US State Department has commanded that the Houthi-controlled Yemeni port of Hodeidah be used as a neutral port and not being used for smuggling weapons and contraband to the Houthi militia.
Abdel Wahab al-Sharafi, head of the Yemeni Center for Democratic Monitoring, while speaking about the US supporting the action to make the Hodeidah into a neutral UN controlled port, stated that the port holds tremendous implication for the nation.
Abdel Wahab pointed that the US took this measure for two reasons. Firstly, Yemen topic is being debated all over the world. Even the international community is looking forward to taking some steps so that the humanitarian situation in Yemen improves. Secondly, such a move is being taken by the Americans in order to reap benefits later on.
Abdel added that the mediation of the US in Yemen would open a new chapter in the history of the Middle Eastern nation’s history. On a repeated basis, Washington has entered battles in final moment to gain benefits along with other participants.
State Department’s spokeswoman Heather Nauert demanded Yemen’s fighting parties shouldn’t postpone the talks, or to take any measures that might question about good faith goal for finding a solution or reach an immediate adjustment. Nauret even added that the US welcomed Saudi Arabia’s proposal to donate $500 million in order to focus on Yemen’s food crisis. Even Pentagon chief James Mattis stated that Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates had agreed to halt the offensive operations in and around Hodeidah in an attempt to seize the important port city from the Houthi rebels after intense fighting.
On Friday, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths cited that the Houthis had admitted negotiating on allowing the UN an important role in Hodeidah so that the port can become crucial of bringing humanitarian aid in the nation.
The UN has been trying to renew peace talks between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government for months.