U.S. Special Representative for Yemen Tim Lenderking assessed that “the Huthis receive considerable funding, training and other support from Iran”, and asserted: “If the Huthis are not acting as a proxy or partner of Iran, it is time they engage seriously in our efforts to reach agreement on a ceasefire and resume political talks”. “Each day the war continues, their relationship with Iran deepens”, he warned, while underscoring the need for “a comprehensive peace agreement that not only stops fighting between the Huthis and Saudi Arabia, but that forces the Huthis to participate in a peaceful political process and reduces the instability that Iran and other malign actors will seek to manipulate”. Lenderking further indicated that “we would welcome Iran playing a constructive role [in the conflict], if they are willing to do so. We have not seen any indication of that”.
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