Middle East

Iran’s support for the Houthis means it must have no role in Yemen’s future

BY Norman Roule   /  6 December 2018

The Trump administration’s call for renewed peace negotiations to end the Yemen conflict, the subsequent decision to end refueling support to the Arab Coalition aircraft, and indications that the hitherto unreliable Houthis may actually attend negotiations have all ignited hopes that a diplomatic solution to the tragic Yemen conflict may be possible. For the Yemeni people, peace cannot come too soon as famine and cholera threaten millions. But if the world argues that the conflict cannot end until the Saudi-led coalition ceases its operations, there needs to be a corresponding demand that Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah do not exploit this situation to build a long-term proxy presence along the Saudi border and the critical Red Sea corridor.