As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen make progress leading to the end of a nine-year bloody war in the Middle East, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the telephone with crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman to discuss the current situation.
The phone call between White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) reflects the Biden administration’s recognition of the progress being made towards finding a permanent end to the nine-year conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen. Despite strained relations between MBS and President Joe Biden over human rights and oil production concerns, the call highlights the importance of winding down the long and bloody war in Yemen as a top priority for the Biden administration.
The call followed a meeting between Saudi diplomat Mohammed bin Saeed al-Jaber and Houthi officials in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday, aimed at accelerating negotiations on ending the war. The Biden administration appears to be actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to encourage dialogue and a resolution to the conflict, involving key stakeholders such as Saudi Arabia and the Houthis.
The situation in Yemen has been marked by widespread violence, humanitarian crises, and suffering for the civilian population. Finding a permanent end to the conflict is crucial for addressing the humanitarian crisis and promoting stability in the region. The Biden administration’s engagement with Saudi Arabia and other parties involved in the conflict reflects a commitment to diplomatic efforts to bring about a resolution and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.