In a joint statement with the E3 and Italy, the U.S. “condemn[ed] the sustained Huthi offensive on the Yemeni city of Marib and the major escalation of attacks the Huthis have conducted and claimed against Saudi Arabia”. The four governments went on to “urge the Huthis to seize this opportunity for peace and end the ongoing escalation”, and underscored their “firm commitment to the security and integrity of Saudi territory”. In subsequent remarks, the U.S. special envoy for Yemen said that “we now have a sound plan for a nationwide ceasefire… That plan has been before the Houthi leadership for a number of days”. “It appears that the Houthis are prioritising a military campaign to take Marib... over suspending the war and moving relief to the Yemeni people”, he added.
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