The Iraqi politician and academic Dr. Taha Al-Lahibi attacked the meeting hosted by the Sultanate of Oman between representatives of the Houthi group in Yemen and American officials, and its details were leaked to the media.
Two sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Reuters that unannounced discussions took place in Muscat on February 26th, between the US envoy. To Yemen Timothy Lenderking and chief Houthi negotiator, Muhammad Abdul Salam.
Taha Al-Lahibi said in a tweet that Watan monitored, criticizing this move: “America is holding a meeting with the Houthis in Oman without giving. A value for the legitimate government and this is a disregard for legitimacy and the legitimization of the gang.
America holds a meeting with the Houthis in Oman without giving value to the legitimate government, and this ignores the legitimacy and legitimizes the gang and indicates a dirty intention to insist on feeding the militia plant in Yemen to be added to those in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria
Rather, it affirms a dirty understanding with Iran
– Dr. Taha laheiby (@tahaalluhaiby)
He added that this “indicates a dirty intention to insist on feeding the militia plant in Yemen. To be added to those in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Rather, it emphasizes a sloppy understanding with Iran “As described.
For his part, the prominent Omani account of “Al-Shaheen”, which was famous for confronting rumors against the Sultanate, responded to Dr. Taha, saying: “At our tables, all the parties meet without favoring any other party or exception.”
Dear Dr. Taha
At our tables, all the parties gather without favoring one party or any other exception
The Yemeni situation has suffered enough and Available since the beginning of the crisis and exerting efforts to stabilize Yemen is the highest priority
Good evening to you and the great Prime Time Zone of Iraq https://t.co/etlCTjGrRo
– 🦅Al Shaheen 𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗡_𝟬𝟭 (@ _FALCON_01)
Al-Shaheen continued, explaining: “The Yemeni situation has suffered enough, and the solution in Muscat has been available since the beginning of the crisis. And make the effort for stability. Yemen is the highest priority for Oman’s foreign affairs.
In the same context, Al-Shaheen’s account also mocked the Saudi writer Khalid al-Zaatar’s attack on the Sultanate, as he did not miss this opportunity. To demonize Oman and attack it as usual.
It wasn’t as secretive as you might think
It was attended by the largest countries in the continents
And absent from the countries that produce spices
From thyme, ginger, turmeric, etc. https://t.co/dURkx61XLi
– 🦅Al Shaheen 𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗖𝗢𝗡_𝟬𝟭 (@ _FALCON_01)
To respond to Zaatar’s allegations regarding this meeting, saying: “It was not as secretive as you would imagine, as the largest countries in the continents attended it. The countries that produce spices from thyme, ginger and turmeric were absent from it.
Houthi meeting in the Sultanate of Oman
And two sources familiar with the matter previously said that senior US officials held the first direct meeting with officials of the Yemeni Houthi group in the Sultanate of Oman. With the new US administration seeking to put an end to the six-year-old Yemeni war.
Two sources confirmed to Reuters that unannounced discussions took place in Muscat on February 26th between the US envoy to Yemen. Timothy Lenderking and chief Houthi negotiator, Muhammad Abdul Salam.
The Houthis took control of the capital, Sanaa, in 2014, and they also control most residential areas.
A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Houthis, with tacit Western support, since 2015 in a war that has killed tens of thousands of Prime Time Zone and caused what the United Nations describes. Of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.
The Saudis and the Houthis have been negotiating directly and under the auspices of the United Nations for more than a year, with the aim of reaching a truce.
Stick and carrot
A source said that the Muscat meeting was part of the new “carrot and stick” policy adopted by US President Joe Biden. Who announced last month the cessation of American support for the Saudi-led military campaign.
Biden also canceled a decision by former President Donald Trump to designate the Houthis a terrorist group.
On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on two Houthi military leaders.
Accusing them of bringing weapons from Iran and organizing attacks, after the movement intensified attacks on Saudi Arabia and escalated an attack on Marib, Yemen.
Urged the Houthis to enter negotiations
Lenderking met Abdul Salam in Muscat, after meeting with officials from Saudi Arabia and the United Nations in Riyadh.
He also visited the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar during his tour in the region.
The UAE has played a major role in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
The two sources said that Lenderking, the US envoy, called on the Houthis to stop the Marib attack and encouraged the movement to enter seriously. In talks with Riyadh on a ceasefire.
Abdul Salam, who is also a spokesman for the Houthi movement, did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
A US State Department spokesman said Lenderking was holding meetings with senior government officials in the region.
During his tour, he met with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.
“We will not issue comments on all of his discussions,” the spokesman told Reuters.
In ceasefire talks, Saudi Arabia is seeking guarantees on border security and curbing Iran’s influence.
The two sources said that the level of Saudi representation in the virtual talks has increased recently, as the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Muhammad Al-Jaber. He is currently talking to Abdul Salam. Al-Jaber did not respond to a request for comment.
Riyadh wants to create a buffer zone inside Yemen along the border.
The Houthis want to end the blockade on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah and Sanaa airport.
A source said that if an agreement is reached, it will be referred to the UN envoy Griffiths to prepare for broader peace talks that include. The internationally recognized Yemeni government, backed by Saudi Arabia, is currently based in Aden.
The focus of the war has shifted towards the gas-producing Marib region, where hundreds have been killed in a Houthi offensive, in the deadliest fighting since 2018.
Yesterday, reports spoke of violent clashes around Marib and the city of Taiz, around which fierce battles are also taking place.
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