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June 12, 2021
The Trump administration announced Tuesday that the U.S. is preparing to initiate direct negotiations with Iran-backed Houthi rebel forces – who have been at war with the American supported Saudi-led military coalition – in an attempt to end a four-year-old war in Yemen, which has become a regional conflict as well as a frequent front-liner in the U.S. conflict with Iran. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump Administration is “looking to prod Saudi Arabia into taking part in secret talks in Oman with Houthi leaders in an effort to broker a cease-fire in Yemen.” ~
According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, there have been over 90,000 Yemeni deaths since Houthi militants overthrew Yemen’s government in 2015, which triggered the actions of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and some other small allies to fight to unseat the Iran-backed militants. Months after the war in Yemen began, envoys of the Obama administration met in Oman with Houthi rebel leaders for the first time in an attempt to cease-fire and release American prisoners who were being held by the Yemeni fighters. Houthi rebel leaders also met with American officials last December during United-Nations led peace negotiations in Sweden, but it doesn’t seem as though any significant negotiations have taken place since Donald Trump assumed Presidency in 2017. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, the war in Yemen has escalated in recent months due to the United Arab Emirates, who is considered Saudi Arabia’s closest ally in the war effort, “withdrawing most of its forces from the country in June” as well as backing a Yemini-led “surprise military assault on the Saudi-backed government operating out of Aden.” It has been these U.A.E. actions that have spurred the urgency in American efforts to gain momentum in diplomacy in the conflict. It is believed that U.S. diplomacy would be led by veteran diplomat Christopher Henzel, who was appointed in April as the Trump administration’s first ambassador to Yemen. ~
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