The United States America has called on the Houthi armed group to show willingness to engage in a political process aimed at establishing peace in Yemen.
The US call is coming after weeks of renewed missile and drone attacks carried out by the Iran-aligned rebels on Saudi Arabia.
According to the spokesman of Department of State, Ned Price on Monday, the leaders of the Houthi movement “need to quite simply stop attacking and start negotiating.”
Recall that Saudi Arabia intervened militarily in 2015 months after the Houthi rebels overthrew Yemen’s internationally recognized government and subsequently captured vast swaths of the country’s territory, including the capital Sanaa.
The Houthis have stepped up attacks on Saudi territory in recent weeks amid fresh diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration to end the war that has ravaged the most impoverished country in the Middle East.
The Yemeni group has defended the cross-border attacks, saying they are in response to deadly Saudi air raids in Yemen.
The renewed attacks on Saudi targets comes after US President Joe Biden halted support to Saudi offensive operations in Yemen’s war although Washington maintained it would continue to help Riyadh defend itself from regional threats.
Biden also reversed a decision by former US President Donald Trump to put Houthis on a “terror list”.
Rights groups and international observers have criticised the Saudi-led war that has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced millions and pushed the Middle East’s poorest nation towards an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.