Why did the Houthis reject the Saudi offer for a ceasefire?

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The Houthis feel they are in a stronger position after stopping US support for the coalition forces

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The Houthis feel they are in a stronger position after stopping US support for the coalition forces

The Houthis did not delay in rejecting the Saudi initiative for a ceasefire in Yemen, despite the implicit Saudi recognition of the reality that the war resulted in, and placing the Houthis today in a strong position in any peace negotiations that might take place in the future.

As soon as the Saudi initiative was announced, the chief Houthi negotiator, Muhammad Abdul Salam, tweeted, describing it as “an initiative directed to media consumption, neither serious nor new in it.” So what did the “comprehensive” initiative announced by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud included?

The initiative stipulated that, once it is approved by the Yemeni government and the Houthis, the United Nations will supervise the implementation of the following provisions:

  • The fighting on all fronts across the country was halted and monitored by United Nations forces.
  • Partially reopening Sanaa airport and allowing the import of fuel and foodstuffs through the port of Hodeidah.
  • Establish a mechanism to share customs revenues for the airport and port between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis.
  • Opening a joint bank account to pay government employees’ salaries across the country.
  • Resumption of political negotiations between the two parties.

However, the Houthis rejected the initiative altogether, claiming that it did not meet their demands for a complete lifting of the blockade of Sanaa Airport and the port of Hodeidah, which are currently under their control.





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