The Houthi Group (Ansar Allah) commented on the statements of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on stopping the war in Yemen.
The senior Houthi leader, member of the Supreme Political Council of Houthis Muhammad Ali al-Houthi said:" Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s optimism for a halt to the war is positive, and he was supposed to be present before the declaration of aggression against Yemen."
Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) said on Sunday in a television interview the CBS News": "Today, we open all initiatives for a political solution in Yemen. We hope this happens today rather than tomorrow."
Asked about how prepared to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen, MBS said: "We are doing this every day. But we try to turn this discussion into an actual implementation on the ground, and the Houthis a few day ago announced a ceasefire, from their side, we consider it a positive step to push for more serious and active political dialogue."
About his optimism that a ceasefire could hold and lead to an end of war, he said "as a leader, I must always be optimistic every day. If I'm a pessimist, I should leave my post and work somewhere else."
Al-Houthi tweeted:" The lack of seriousness and listening to dictates will not work, but they will create obstacles in the way of stopping aggression and reaching lasting peace."
"Turning the discussion into a negotiation needs to be serious and realistically dealt with away from any dictates", he added
Yemen has been racked by a 5-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi group who ousted the government in 2014.
The Houthis have always said their operations inside Saudi territory are in response to coalition airstrikes targeting civilians and Yemen's infrastructure.