Spokesman of the Iran-backed Houthi militia Mohammed Abdulsalam commented on a ceasefire plan by U.S envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking claiming it does not focus on a meaningful ceasefire.
Abdulsalam told the Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV that the U.S. plan focused on reopening Sana’a Airport, uniting state revenue, and the payment of salaries under the supervision of the United Nations.
“It’s not acceptable that U.S. envoy suggests a plan that is no better than the one proposed by UN envoy,” Houthis spokesman said.
Earlier today, Tim Lenderking said he had submitted to Houthis a “sound plan” for a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen, noting that Houthis appear to prioritize a military offensive to take Marib rather than engage in peace talks.
“I will return immediately when the Houthis are prepared to talk,” Lenderking told the Atlantic Council think tank. “The U.S. and U.N. – we urge the Houthis to respond. If we cannot make progress now, the country will spiral into greater conflict and instability.”
Since the US revoked the designation of Houthis as a terrorist group last month, the group has been launching attacks on Marib city, the last stronghold of the Yemeni government in north Yemen.
“Tragically, and somewhat confusingly for me, it appears that the Houthis are prioritizing a military campaign to take Marib … over suspending the war and moving relief to the Yemeni people,” Lenderking said.