United States.- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, described this Tuesday as “essential” the extension of the truce reached in Yemen between the parties, but warned that it is not “sufficient in the long term.”
For this reason, he urged the parties in a statement to take advantage of “this opportunity” to work constructively under the auspices of the UN to reach an “inclusive and global agreement” that paves the way for a “lasting” resolution to the conflict.
In this way, the US president reacted to the announcement by the UN special envoy, Hans Grundberg, of a pact between the parties involved in the war to extend the truce that came into force last April for another two months.
Grundberg has mediated alongside Omani negotiators since the first commitment to cease hostilities.
Biden recalled that the extension of the truce and a lasting solution to the conflict were main topics of discussion during his visit to Saudi Arabia last month.
In this sense, he assured that the Saudi king, Salmán bin Abdelaziz, and the crown prince, Mohamed bin Salmán, conveyed their “full commitment” to the extension of the truce and “have shown that commitment during the course of the discussions of the last weeks”.
Biden indicated that the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has also been involved in the efforts to advance in that cessation of hostilities and that he phoned his Omani counterpart and the President of the Council over the weekend. of Presidential Leadership of Yemen, Rashad al Alimi.
The country’s former president, Abdo Rabu Mansur Haid, ceded all his powers in April to this council, made up of representatives of the different factions fighting the Houthis.
Hadi’s resignation and the appointment of the Presidential Leadership Council were interpreted as an attempt by Riyadh to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict with the Houthis.
Biden said it is now crucial that all parties to the conflict follow through on their commitments to the deal to extend the truce.
Precisely this Tuesday, the United States Government authorized the sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia in a transaction valued at 3,050 million dollars.
The conflict in Yemen erupted when Houthi rebels occupied the capital, Sana’a, and other provinces in the north and center of the country in September 2014.
The war intensified in March 2015 when the US-backed Sunni military coalition intervened directly in Yemen on behalf of forces loyal to Hadi.
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Since then, the Saudi-led Arab coalition has imposed an air and naval blockade that greatly hinders and sometimes prevents the transfer of humanitarian assistance to the country.