Albukhaiti: those who oppose designation of Houthis as FTO should not hide behind humanitarian work

Republican Yemen

Yemeni political commentator Ali Albukhaiti criticized yesterday activists who oppose the US designation of Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization  (FTO)under the pretext of that the US severe consequences on humanitarian aid.

Those who oppose designating the Houthi group as a terrorist organization, should not hide behind the relief and humanitarian work in Yemen, as it’s been completely excluded from any consequences, they must disclose the true reason. It’s their jobs and travels that are threatened,” Albukhaiti said in a Tweeter post.

He also affirmed that the decision will not undermine peace as experts claim.

“The claim that classifying the Houthis as terrorists will obstruct peace is a lie behind those who live in the illusion of peace | The decision is a means of pressure on the group towards peace if it has a place in their agenda, even though peace is impossible with terrorism,” Albukhaiti added.

The U.S. Department of State stated on Monday that it would notify Congress of intending to designate Houthi rebels as a terrorist group.

“The Department of State will notify Congress of my intent to designate Ansarallah – sometimes referred to as the Houthis – as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity, pursuant to Executive Order 13224. I also intend to designate three of Ansarallah’s leaders, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al Hakim, as SDGTs,” Secretary of State Michael  Pompeo, said.

Ali Albukhaiti is a well-known Yemeni politician currently residing in the UK.

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