Yemen: Actions Taken by the Houthis

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 29, 2014

The United States joins the United Nations Security Council and the international community in strongly condemning the actions taken by the Houthis, led by Abdul Malik al Houthi, and those who support them. Their actions seek to undermine the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) political transition process and Yemen’s stability. In particular, we condemn the Houthi’s provocative, aggressive, and destabilizing actions and incitement against the Government of Yemen, the establishment of armed camps in and around Sana’a, and their continued illegitimate control of Amran.

We call on the Houthis to immediately dismantle their armed camps and checkpoints in and around Sana’a; withdraw their forces from Amran, return Amran to Government of Yemen control, and return the weapons looted from the 310th Brigade compound; implement ceasefires in all conflict areas to prevent further violence from destabilizing the transition process; and cooperate with the Government of Yemen efforts to achieve a sustainable and peaceful political resolution to the current conflict, consistent with the GCC Initiative and National Dialogue recommendations.

We commend President Hadi’s continued efforts as he leads Yemen in implementing the GCC Initiative and National Dialogue recommendations. We call on the Houthis, and all parties, to participate peacefully in Yemen’s transition process, which offers a historic opportunity to build an inclusive system of governance that ensures a stable and prosperous future for all Yemenis. The United States remains firmly committed to supporting President Hadi and all Yemenis in this endeavor.