“America should place an embargo on sending weapons, besides aviation and logistical support to Saudi Arabia and its alliance over the aggression against Yemen. This is worth reviewing until February 26,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page late on Tuesday.
On Monday, the new US Treasury Department issued a license authorizing transactions involving Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement for the next month, as Washington is reviewing a “terrorist” designation by the administration of former president Donald Trump which took effect on January 11 — nine days before US President Joe Biden took office.
The license allows all transactions involving the Houthi group or any entity in which it owns 50% percent or more — though not its blacklisted leaders — until Feb. 26, 2021.
The Treasury Department appeared to be trying to assuage the fears of companies and banks involved in commercial trade to Yemen, which relies mainly on imports.
Houthi added that any Yemeni assets that Washington has laid its hands on are money paid to allow the aggressor American-Saudi-Emirati coalition to continue murdering women and children and subjecting the country to starvation and destruction.
The Trump administration’s last-minute “terrorist” designation appeared to be a desperate attempt to step up pressure on the popular Houthi movement after the Saudi regime failed to fulfill the objectives of over five years of war on Yemen, despite all the support it received from the US and other Western states.
The Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by the Yemeni armed forces and allied popular groups, has been successfully defending Yemen against the Saudi aggression, leaving Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the county.
Trump had long overlooked and defended the Saudi-led coalition’s acts of aggression in Yemen in favor of lucrative arms sales to the regime in Riyadh.
Biden has pledged to “end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.”