Huthis rebels. – Hani Al-Ansi / dpa – Archive
They emphasize that “they reserve the right to respond” if the coalition maintains its bombings
The Huthis announced Friday that they will stop carrying out attacks against Saudi territory using ballistic missiles and drones and have expressed their wish that the coalition leading Saudi Arabia make a “similar declaration.”
Mahdi al Mashat, president of the Supreme Political Council, stressed during a speech that the rebels “reserve the right to respond in case there is no response to this initiative,” as reported by the Yemeni news agency SABA.
“We affirm that the continuation of the war does not favor the interests of anyone and, on the contrary, could lead to serious events that we do not want to take place,” he said.
Thus, he has asked the countries that make up the coalition to allow the resumption of operations at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, and “stop intercepting ships” that go to Hodeida to “relieve the suffering” of the Yemenis.
The head of the Huthis political office has also applauded the efforts of the United Nations to try to mediate in a peace process and has called on the parties “seriousness” so that these efforts bear fruit.
Al Mashat's speech, given on the occasion of the 'September 21 Revolution' – in reference to the beginning of the takeover of Yemen by the Huthis in 2014 – has also focused on defending the expulsion of the power of Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi.
Finally, he said that the “revolution” sought “to achieve peace” and denounced those who have supported “murderers” who “kill women and children, impose a siege on the country, starve the population and destroy Homeland”.
ATTACK AGAINST REFINERIES
Al Mashat's statements have arrived days after an attack on Saudi refineries that Washington and Riyadh have accused Iran of, despite the fact that the Huthis claimed responsibility for what happened.
Despite the increase in these tensions in the region, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there are “many options” to address the situation with Iran that do not imply a war with the country.
Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had accused Iran of committing an “act of war” and rejected the claim of authorship of the attack by the Huthis.
For his part, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohamed Yavad Zarif, stressed on Friday that the country “does not want a war,” although he said he will “defend, as he has always done, his people and his nation.” .
The Iranian minister said in an interview with the US television network CNN that Saudi Arabia should ask itself “if it wants to fight Iran until the last US soldier” and warned that an attack on the country would be the beginning of a “total war”.