Bab al-Mandab, Yemen 0
22 March 2021

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister unveiled “an initiative to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political resolution”, noting that it “gives the Huthis an opportunity to uphold the interests of the brotherly Yemeni people… and the independence of their homeland over the Iranian regime’s expansionary ambitions in Yemen and the region”. The U.S. hailed “Saudi Arabia and Republic of Yemen Government’s commitment to a ceasefire and political process in Yemen”, urging “all parties to commit seriously to a ceasefire immediately and engage in negotiations under the auspices of the UN”. The same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his Saudi counterpart and underscored the U.S.’s “commitment to supporting the defence of Saudi Arabia and strongly condemned recent attacks against Saudi territory from Iranian-aligned groups in the region”. According to the State Department, the two officials underscored “their close cooperation to support the efforts… to end the conflict in Yemen, starting with the need for all parties to commit to a ceasefire and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid”.

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