Commenting on blacklisting the Yemen’s Ansarullah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), by the US, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the move “will intensify the most catastrophic humanitarian crisis of the current century and will disrupt the course of the ongoing efforts to resolve the political crisis in Yemen,” Mehr News Agency reported.
Emphasizing that the international community has rejected blacklisting of the Ansarullah of Yemen, the spokesman said if the new US administration seeks to reconsider Washington’s failed policy regarding the crisis in Yemen, it must annul the recent move and have a realistic look at the facts in Yemen.”
Khatibzadeh further called for ending political and military support for the so-called Saudi-led coalition including a ban on the United States arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
The administration of former US President Donald Trump whose term came to an end on Wednesday, in a last minutes move announced that it has decided to designate Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement a foreign terrorist organization.
On January 10, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defied warnings from humanitarian groups and announced the blacklisting of Ansarullah. The decision was to be effective on January 19 one day before inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Trump and his team left the White House on Wednesday when Joe Biden officially sworn in on as the new US president.
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s pick for national security adviser, and a group of 25 American lawmakers denounced Trump’s last minute decision arguing it will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Reacting to designation of Ansarullah as a foreign terrorist organization, Iran said on January 13 that the move would negatively affect the delivery of humanitarian aid and peaceful solutions to the country’s crisis.
Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western countries.
According to a report by the middleeastmonitor.com, Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said the new administration will "immediately" review the designation which came into effect yesterday as one of outgoing President Donald Trump's parting shots.