LONDON: The EU said Monday it was “concerned” about repeated Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia’s territory.
It also said it had concerns about recent attacks by the Houthis in the Marib and Al-Jawf governorates of Yemen, adding military action there “seriously undermined” efforts to bring an end to the conflict in the country.
“Renewed military action and offensives in Ma’arib governorate at this particular time seriously undermine ongoing efforts by UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, as well as the overall efforts of the international community to bring the war in Yemen to an end,” a statement said.
“The EU actively supports these efforts and reiterates the urgency of reaching an inclusive political settlement for the whole of Yemen, as was also underlined by Ambassadors of the EU and its Member States on the occasion of their visit to Aden on 6 and 7 February,” the statement added.
The EU also said it welcomed the decision taken by the new administration of President Joe Biden to review US policy on Yemen, and that it shared Washington’s belief that there was no military solution to the war.
On Sunday, Griffiths visited Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran to discuss his peace plan for Yemen, known as the Joint Declaration.
Representatives of Yemen’s internationally-recognized government asked Griffiths to demand Iran stopped aiding the Houthis financially and militarily following several deadly strikes against civilian and military targets in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.