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US to review Yemen Houthi terrorist label, end Saudi support: Blinken
US President Joe Biden's administration will quickly revisit the designation of Yemen's Houthi fighters as terrorists and end support to the devastating Saudi offensive on the country, his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said.

At his confirmation hearing, Blinken said he would "immediately" review the Trump administration's labeling of the Ansarullah movement, fearing the move was worsening a humanitarian crisis, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the designation “seems to achieve nothing particularly practical” in pushing for talks “while making it even more difficult than it already is to provide humanitarian assistance to people who desperately need it”.

Donald Trump's administration announced the move on January 11, nine days before the beginning of Biden’s presidency on Wednesday.

Trump had been a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia, offering US logistical help and military sales for its six-year campaign to remove the Houthis who have taken over much of the neighboring country.

Blinken said that the Saudis have "contributed to what is by most accounts the worst humanitarian situation anywhere in the world".

"The Houthis bear significant responsibility for what's happened in Yemen, but the way the campaign has been conducted has also contributed significantly to that situation. And so our support should end," Blinken said.

The United Nations and aid groups have warned the terrorist designation risks worsening the plight of a country where millions depend on aid to survive.

The designation took effect Tuesday, with the Ansarullah movement warning they would respond to any action against them.

"We are ready to take all necessary measures against any hostile act," they said in a statement.

 

 

 

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