Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they’ve suspended attacks against the Saudi-UAE coalition.
Houthi rebels in Yemen have announced a pause in their drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies.
And they say they’re ready for a broader ceasefire if the Saudi-UAE coalition is prepared for peace.
For its part, the Saudi-UAE coalition briefly paused its air strikes on the vital port city of Hodeidah, but then resumed them on Sunday in an apparent bid to gain more military advantage, before peace talks which are due to be held in Sweden by the end of the year..
The UN is confident that all parties to the conflict will take part in those talks, probably because now the US has stepped up its engagement and demanded that, in the words of defence Secretary James Mattis, ‘conflict be replaced by compromise’.
All this comes at a time of international outrage over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
In the US Congress, voices critical of the administration’s close ties to Saudi Arabia have grown louder, increasing pressure on President Trump to rethink his relationship with the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
So, after 3 years of war, could this be a pivotal moment for Yemen?
And why is the US stepping up its pressure now?
Presenter: Martine Dennis
Nabeel Khoury, former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Yemen.
Helen Lackner, Associate Researcher at London Middle East School, SOAS, University of London.
Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
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