Updated: February 26, 2021
The spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Ned Price began his Wednesday press briefing by condemning the attack by the Houthi Rebel group on the Abha International airport in Saudi Arabia.
The attack comes just days after the United States removed the Houthi’s terrorist organization designation, and called for a negotiated solution to the conflict in Yemen.
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Price emphasized the importance of the attack occurring during the first visit of United States Special Envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking to Saudi Arabia. Lenderking was recently appointed by the Biden administration as United States Special Envoy to Yemen. Price went on to connect the attack to continuous efforts by the Houthi Rebels to undermine efforts to build peace.
“We remain committed to improving support for our partner Saudi Arabia’s right to defend itself against threats to its territory,” said Price before reiterating US support for the various international organizations and partnerships working to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen.
According to UNICEF and the World Food Programme, the conflict in Yemen is the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” The conflict has caused devastation to Yemeni society and has affected over 20 million people. Calls in the US have been growing for a reexamination of the United States’ support of Saudi led military operations in the region. The Biden administration so far has only shown support for a peaceful solution.
Price called on the Houthi Rebel group to bring an end to violence and to assist in fostering an environment for peaceful negotiation to take place. His urging came alongside a commitment to finding a peaceful solution, saying, “There is no military solution to the war in Yemen.”