Yemeni political commentator Ali Albukhaiti met Tuesday with Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen Cathy Westley in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where they talked about the war and the current crisis in Yemen.
During the meeting, Mr. Albukhaiti explained to Cathy Westley how the Iran-backed Houthi rebels took advantage of the decision of the Biden Administration to revoke the Houthi designation as a terrorist group, which Albukhaiti believes has emboldened the group to launch a wide-scale offensive on Marib and escalate the military situation in different fronts.”
Albukhaiti said on Twitter he told Cathy Westley that he wonders why “the U.S. and the West have double standards” when it comes to designating terrorist groups.
“The terrorist designation depends mainly on those who kill westerns, yet it does not apply to those (Houthis) who have killed thousands of Yemenis,” Albukhaiti said, asserting that Houthi actions on the ground are similar to those of AQAP, ISIS, and Taliban.
Albukhaiti also affirmed that Iran and its proxy militia (Houthis) have made advances on the ground, attributing it to the “failure of the legitimate government and the absence of a national project that can confront them.”
“As long as the President and the Vice President remain in their posts, there is no hope for a change,” said Albukhaiti. “Those who failed to protect the state and its institutions while they were in Sana’a, will surely fail to restore the state from the hotels of Riyadh.”
Mr. Albukhaiti warned that the Houthis are relentlessly working on bringing about a demographic, sectarian change in the region as they brainwash the Yemeni youth into their ideology and myths.
He thanked Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen for efforts exerted by the U.S. to reach a political settlement as well as the humanitarian assistance provided by the U.S. to war-torn Yemen.
“I thanked her for the efforts by U.S. administration to reach a political solution despite the fact that I am convinced that political Islamic movements, including the Houthis, are not ready for peace, for they are violent and radical movements.”
This comes one day following a meeting Mr. Albukhaiti had with the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber.
“I met with the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber in Riyadh and I was briefed by those in charge of Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen about the projects that have been implemented and are being implemented,” Albukhaiti tweeted on Monday.