The Houthi Military Council continued rejection of the Riyadh consultations under the auspices of Gulf countries
Reporting: AHMED AL-NAIMI – BILAL AL-JARADI
A Gulf call for comprehensive dialogue:
On March 17th, the Gulf Cooperation Council announced its desire to hold a comprehensive political conference in Riyadh for Yemen’s warring parties. The Council’s Secretary-General, Nayef Al-Hajraf, said this at a news conference, saying: “The meeting will be conducted between March 29th and April 7th with the goal of combining ranks.” “Invitations will be sent to all Yemeni parties concerned, without exception, to discuss the political, military, security, economic, and development challenges in Yemen, and urge all parties to accept a comprehensive ceasefire and start peace talks,” he said, adding that he healed the rift between the Yemeni brothers and created a rapprochement that would lead them back to the negotiating table. sponsored by the United Nations.
The Houthi group replied by attacking a station that distributes gasoline goods in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. The coalition made it plain that the Houthi terrorist assaults confirmed the Houthis’ rejection of peace efforts and the end of the suffering of the Yemeni people. In response to what they call the siege and aggression against them, the Houthi group increased the pace of drone attacks on the Kingdom, and the spokesman for their armed forces, Yahya Saree, announced that the regions of Jizan, Najran, and Jeddah were targeted with many drones and ballistic missiles.
Constant rejection of conversations:
The Houthi, on the other side, engaged on a widespread mobilisation and treason procedure for individuals who attended the Riyadh meetings. Dhaifallah al-Shami, their Minister of Information, stated: “The coalition nations purposefully gathered clowns, traitors, and hypocrites in Riyadh and paid money to them to keep their lips from directing any criticism.” According to his depiction, he took his measures, including accepting the ceasefire, to break the deadlock in which he was caught.
An alternative initiative for one-sided dialogue:
On March 26th, the head of the Houthi Political Council announced the launch of a unilateral initiative called the Peace Initiative. This initiative provided for the suspension of missile strikes, drone strikes and all military actions towards Saudi Arabia by land, sea and air for a period of three days, in exchange for the group’s willingness to turn this declaration into a final and permanent commitment in the event Saudi Arabia has committed itself to ending the siege and stopping its raids on Yemen once and for all, according to their announcement.
This initiative did not receive any response from the Arab coalition, which waited for the group, and even worked to welcome any joining by any party, even if belatedly, to the Yemeni-Yemeni talks held in Riyadh under the auspices of the Gulf. The Supreme Political Council of the Houthis deeply regretted the lack of a clear and explicit response to the initiative of the Republic of Yemen presented by Mahdi Al-Mashat, the head of the council, adding that it is a golden opportunity for all to achieve serious and lasting peace, which observers and political analysts considered as a clear and frank evasion and a clear response to the Gulf initiative to hold consultations. Yemeni-Yemeni with Gulf sponsorship, under the misguidance of closing ranks and unifying the word.
The human side:
The Houthi group resorted to the humanitarian aspect to escape from its obligations to surrender to peace, and an attempt to escape from any upcoming dialogue that could end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where Houthi political activist Ahmed Al-Moayad affirmed: Lifting the siege and opening the airport and port is the first step that indicates goodwill and seriousness. Building confidence between the parties and anything else is a circumvention of peace and indicates bad faith. This statement clearly shows the group’s escape from the talks, and an explicit rejection of the peace process in Yemen.
In this context, the Gulf Cooperation Council invited jurists and activists in the field of human and women’s rights so that the humanitarian and human rights side should be present in the Riyadh consultations, and Wissam Basindawa, the independent women’s representative and the representative of the Human Rights Committee in the Yemeni consultations, attended from the human rights side, as clear and clear evidence that the consultations did not exclude Any field, which was confirmed by activist Wissam Basindawa that her presence comes as an invitation addressed to her and the independents and jurists by the Gulf Cooperation Council, which was keen in these consultations to include all points of contention between the warring parties in Yemen.
Continuous military parades and mobilization on the fronts:
On April 1st, the United Nations announced the agreement of all Yemeni parties to a humanitarian truce starting on Saturday, April 2nd, corresponding to the first day of Ramadan, and the cessation of all offensive air, land and sea military operations inside Yemen and across its borders, in addition to the entry of fuel ships to the ports of Hodeidah and commercial flights to work Inside and outside Sanaa airport to predetermined destinations in the region.
The Houthi group took advantage of this truce, and since the United Nations announced the consensus on the humanitarian truce, it carried out a military parade in Al-Sabeen Square, gathering the graduates of military colleges and many of their soldiers and soldiers, which observers considered as a kind of show of strength, and a kind of conveying multiple messages that they are continuing in the war. and mobilization.
This was confirmed by the journalist Abdul Elah Al-Buri, who said on his Facebook page: The Houthi group forgot or forgot the Ma’rib pass this year and they returned to celebrate in the Seventy Square. In fact, the military parade is better for them than the nights of fierce war, and this is the wandering journey from the war near Faliha to the parade next to the garden.
In the same context, identical sources confirmed to the Yemeni ibex website: The Houthi group exploited the humanitarian truce and transferred many military equipment to various fronts in the Ma’rib governorate in an attempt to bring it down so that it would be a source of strength for them in any upcoming negotiations with the Arab coalition and the legitimate government.
All of these witnesses and arguments, and the Houthi group still rejects any initiative for dialogue, healing the rift and putting an end to the humanitarian crisis, which is described as the largest in the world and has been going on for more than five years, during which the Yemeni people tasted the scourge of war and destruction. and they hope to end it through dialogue between the warring parties to the conflict as soon as possible so that they can enjoy peace.