UN welcomes, Saudi Arabia waiting to monitor Houthis' commitment to the "peace initiative" they announced and examine their causes

UN welcomes, Saudi Arabia waiting to monitor Houthis' commitment to the "peace initiative" they announced and examine their causes


The United Nations welcomed the Houthis' announcement to stop attacks by drones and ballistic missiles on Saudi Arabia, while the latter said it would monitor the implementation of the militias (initiative) and examine the motives behind it.

In his speech marking the fifth anniversary of the group's invasion of Sana'a on September 21, 2014, Mahdi al-Mashat, head of the Houthi political council, announced that he would stop targeting Saudi territory by flying, ballistic missiles, winged missiles and all forms of targeting.

"We await the response of the greeting salutations like it or better than in a similar declaration to stop all forms of targeting and aerial bombardment of our Yemeni territory and reserve the right to respond if this initiative is not responded to," he said in a televised speech.

The UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, called the Houthi initiative  an "opportunity" to be used and "make progress in the steps needed to reduce violence, military escalation and unassisted rhetoric."

Griffiths welcomed the Houthis' initiative to stop attacks against Saudi Arabia.

In a brief statement yesterday, he stressed the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity and said that "the implementation of this initiative, launched by Ansar Allah in good faith, can be a strong message about the will to end the war."

In the first Saudi response to the Houthis' proposal, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubair announced that the kingdom would monitor the seriousness of the militias in implementing their peace initiative.

"We judge the other parties based on their actions, not their words, so we will see if they will actually implement (the initiative) or not," he said at a press conference in Riyadh yesterday about the attack on Aramco.

What the Saudi official Adel al-Jubair called the Houthi "peace initiative", came about a week after the unprecedented attacks on Saudi Aramco, and the Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, but Saudi Arabia and America denied these allegations and talked about investigations and evidence indicating Iran's involvement in the attack directly, or through its agents in other countries, as the attack did not come from Yemen and came from the north of the kingdom.


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