Houthis announce stop attacks on Saudi Arabia, call for comprehensive national reconciliation

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-09-21 | Since 8 Month

Mahdi Al-Mashat, President of the Supreme Political Council of the Houthis

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية 

The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) announced on Friday evening that they would stop attacks on Saudi Arabia, demanding Riyadh a similar declaration, as part of a "peace initiative" aims to conclude a "comprehensive national reconciliation" under "serious and genuine" negotiations between the various parties to the conflict in the country for the fifth consecutive year.

Mahdi al-Mashat, President of the Supreme Political Council set up by the Houthis to manage the areas under its control, said in a televised speech on the fifth anniversary of the group's takeover of the capital Sana'a in September 2014: "We announce the stop of targeting of the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by drone aircraft, ballistic and wings missiles and all forms of targeting. We await a similar response."

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

Al-Mashat confirmed that his group reserves the right to respond in the event of failure to respond to its initiative to stop attacks on Riyadh, stressing that the continuation of the war will not be in the interest of anyone and "it could lead to serious developments that we don't want to happen."

"We will not hesitate to launch the stages of great pain unless those countries respond to peace and stop their aggression against our people.", he added.

"I call on all parties from all sides of the war to engage seriously in genuine and serious negotiations leading to comprehensive national reconciliation that does not exclude any of the parties.", he continued.

He called on the Saudi-led Arab coalition countries to "lift the ban on Sana'a International Airport and stop interception of ships heading to Hodeida port, which is necessary to ensure humanitarian access to the country.

The Houthi leader renewed the declaration of a general amnesty and called on all the deceived individuals and leaders to take advantage of this opportunity and return to the bosom of the homeland and right way. 

He called for the release of prisoners of the opinion and every prisoner who was not found guilty unless they were prisoners or imprisoned for involvement in crimes affecting the rights of citizens or involved in treason of the country.

He pointed out that his group has implemented nearly 90% of its obligations under the Stockholm agreement, accusing the Yemen's internationally recognized government of not fulfilling its obligations.

Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.

But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.

The Houthi initiative comes a week after the group's attacks against Saudi Aramco, in the east of the kingdom, which halved its production, about 5 million barrels of oil per day.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have accused Iran of being behind the attack, a charge Tehran vehemently denied, warning of any military moves against it.

Yemen conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

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