Saudi Arabia is under intense pressure from the United States to lift the blockade on Yemen’s ports (Getty)
Informed sources said that Saudi Arabia is seeking American assistance to strengthen its defense systems, at a time when it is under intense pressure from the United States to lift the blockade on Yemen’s ports.
“Reuters” quoted two sources familiar with the efforts to end the war and an American source, that Saudi Arabia wants help from Washington while it is under American pressure to end the blockade of the ports, which the Houthi group in Yemen describes as an obstacle in the way of ceasefire talks.
The United States, Saudi Arabia’s main security ally, is pressing the coalition to allow full access to Houthi-controlled ports and the airport, and is also pushing the Houthis to stop attacks and engage in diplomacy.
In the event of a breakthrough, it will be counted as a success for US President Joe Biden, who made ending the war a priority of his foreign policy.
And the UN Security Council, in a statement issued unanimously by its members, last Wednesday, called for a “de-escalation” in Yemen to confront the “increasing risk of widespread famine” in the country.
In their statement, the 15 council members stressed the “necessity of de-escalation by all parties, including an immediate halt to the Houthi escalation in Ma’rib governorate” and called for an “immediate ceasefire in Yemen.”
In a statement issued unanimously by its members (15 countries), the Security Council stressed “the need for all parties to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, including those relating to humanitarian access and the protection of civilians.”
He called for “ensuring accountability for violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, and for avoiding any actions that could cause suffering to the civilian population.”
The Council condemned “the Houthi cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia,” and demanded “a halt to the escalation by all, including an immediate halt to the escalation by the Houthis in the Marib Governorate.”
(Reuters, The New Arab)