Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that Houthis, one of the proxy groups of Iran operating in Yemen, would no longer be listed as “specially designated global terrorists” (SDGTs) as of February 16.
Also, it might consider Ankara’s backing of its military campaign in Yemen in light of the latest Houthi escalation.
Europe didn’t show the same excitement for the war in Syria or in Yemen.
Recently, the Houthis, or Ansar Allah, of Yemen launched another missile attack on Abu Dhabi, called on foreign companies and investors to leave the UAE, and vowed to make the country unsafe.
The diversification in the interests and priorities of certain regional powers–Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE especially on specific cases such as Yemen, the OPEC, the Ethiopia-Renaissance Dam, etc.
Although Qatar and the international society have criticized the military engagement of the UAE in the Yemeni civil war, the Qatari side wanted to publicize its condemnation of civilian deaths in order to foster the image of a state promoting peace and stability.
Riyadh has sought Turkish drones on several occasions as it has been mired in a seven-year military campaign in Yemen.
However, Sweden exports weapons to belligerent states involved in armed conflicts, such as the Gulf states and their war of attrition against Yemen.
Read: Arms Sell Like Hotcakes: Yemen Turns into a Hub for Arm Dealers Turkey and the F-35 Turkey officially became a partner of the F-35 project from the Concept Demonstration phase with the signature of a letter of acceptance worth $6.
Read: GCC-Damascus Rapprochement Can Pit Syria Against Turkey Even FurtherIn the last few years, Riyadh's regional influence, role, and image have been partly eroded by the war in Yemen, the blockade against Qatar, the Khashoggi murder, and the vulnerabilities against Iran's proxy attacks.
During my conversations with Palestinian Nakba survivor Ahmad Alhaaj, who now resides in Gaza, he told me that the Zionist movement had recruited a Yemeni Jew named Ali to work as a spy and that he posed as a Palestinian imam leading the Muslims of the town of Al-Majdal (today’s Ashkol) in their prayers.
Riyadh seemed to have taken offense in Cordahi’s statements on Yemen, where he said that the Iran-aligned Houthi group was "defending itself .
-led and Russia-led global alliances, respectively, and the disastrous consequences of their interventions are observable most clearly in Syria and Yemen.
David Wearing, a regular contributor to media outlets such as Sky News, stated that the purpose of the purchase is the whitewashing of the public image of the Saudi regime which is tarnished by events like its horrific human rights record and the war crimes in Yemen.
Likewise, Yemen is important to Iran, which has been supporting the Houthis in the last decades.
Read: A Road Map to End Yemen’s War: An Interview with Abdul Galil ShaifFast-forward to the present day, and Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political faction in Lebanon, controlling several ministries, the main airport in Beirut, and even the country’s primary seaport which was the site of a devastating explosion in 2020, which has led to Hezbollah threatening the judge charged with investigating the tragedy.
Khashoggi also criticized the current Saudi administration on many sensitive political issues, such as the blockade of Qatar, the occupation of Yemen, the political discussions with Lebanon, and the financial support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who remained in power with the support of the Saudi regime.