Saudi Arabia has welcomed the decision of the United States to declare the Iranian-backed Houthi militia a terrorist organization. The United States has also declared three of its leader’s global terrorists.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the US move is part of the Yemeni government’s efforts to address the threats posed by the Iranian-backed militia and the threats it poses. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated and there are threats to world peace and security.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Foreign Ministry has expressed the hope that “this move will help end the terrorist activities of the Houthi militia and provide weapons, drones to this group of its backers.” “It will be discouraged to provide arms and funds.”
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi militia a terrorist organization and said three of its leaders would also be designated, global terrorists.
“The State Department will inform Congress of my intention to declare Ansar al-Islam (Houthi militia) a foreign terrorist organization,” he said in an official statement. It is being called a global terrorist group. ”
Yemen’s foreign ministry also welcomed the US decision to declare the Houthis a terrorist group, saying it was in line with the government’s efforts to punish Houthi militias.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak said in a statement that “after six years of war and the imposition of various sanctions on individuals, we believe that all legal and political pressure must be put on the Houthis to end the crisis.” A conducive environment can be created for a peaceful solution. ”
“The Iranian-backed group should be branded as a foreign terrorist. The Houthis are not only involved in terrorist activities but are also responsible for prolonging the conflict and causing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” he said.