Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

The Houthis continue to refuse efforts by the United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to persuade the Iran-backed militias to attend a new round of peace talks. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Houthis refuse UN envoy efforts to start peace talks in Geneva

The Houthis continue to refuse efforts by the United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to persuade the Iran-backed militias to attend a new round of peace talks, sources in Sanaa told pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
Griffiths held talks with Houthi officials in Sanaa in an attempt to restart the peace talks in Geneva after the Houthis failed to attend the last round, held on September 6.

The sources said that the Houthis demanded that the national army halts their operation in the Hodeidah and to reopen Sanaa airport.
They also demanded that the UN allow dozens of wounded militants to travel outside of Yemen, along with the delegation and that their aircraft to not be inspected.


US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

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US puts up $10m reward for Hezbollah information

  • The money is for anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways

WASHINGTON: The US on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the finances of Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah.
The State Department said it would give the money to anyone who provides intelligence that allows the US to disrupt Hezbollah in key ways.
The areas include information on Hezbollah’s donors, on financial institutions that assist its transactions and on businesses controlled by the movement.
President Donald Trump’s administration has put a top priority on reducing the influence of Iran, the primary backer of Hezbollah.
The State Department listed three alleged Hezbollah financiers as examples of activities it was seeking to stop, with one, Ali Youssef Charara, allegedly funding the group by investing millions of dollars from Hezbollah in the telecommunications industry in West Africa.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed to a recent appeal by Hezbollah for donations as a sign of US success in curbing Iran.
On a visit last month to Beirut, Pompeo urged Lebanon to counter the “dark ambitions” of Iran and Hezbollah but was rebuffed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who said Hezbollah was not a terrorist group and enjoyed a wide base.
The United States has vowed for decades to fight Shiite militants in Lebanon, with memories still bitter over the 1983 attack on a military barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans.
Hezbollah, however, also functions as a political party, with posts in the current cabinet, and enjoys support among some Lebanese who recall its guerrilla campaign that led Israel to withdraw from the country in 2000.