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US Blames Stalled Stockholm Agreement on Houthi ‘Delays’

US Blames Stalled Stockholm Agreement on Houthi ‘Delays’

Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 10:00
FILE PHOTO: A coast guard walks past a ship docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen January 5, 2019. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller blamed on Thursday the Iran-backed Houthi militias for the stalling of the Stockholm Agreement on the main port of Hodeidah.

Tueller told a televised press conference in the southern port of Aden that although Washington was "greatly frustrated" by what he said were “delays” and stalling in implementing accords by the Houthis, the US had not given up hope that the deal reached at talks held in Sweden last December would be implemented.

"I have great confidence in the UN envoy and what he is doing," the diplomat said.

He also stated that Houthi weapons pose a threat to regional countries.

The US was willing to "see whether the Houthis can in fact demonstrate a political maturity and start to serve the interests of Yemen rather than acting on behalf of those who seek to weaken and destroy Yemen," he said.

On Wednesday, Rageh Badi, spokesman for the internationally recognized Yemen government, said the insurgents are igniting more conflict by their refusal to give up control of Hodeidah.

Badi urged the UN to step up pressure on the rebels to prevent another "explosion of the situation" in Hodeidah. Otherwise, renewed fighting is just a "few days" away, he said.

He added that the government fears the Houthis are using the current Hodeidah ceasefire to dig in and plant land mines ahead of another round of fighting.

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