US ‘Aggressively’ Communicating With Houthis Via Back Channels: US Envoy

US Special Envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking Said that Washington does have means of getting messages to the Houthis in Sana’a.

During a briefing at the State Department on Tuesday, Lenderking told reporters  “We do have ways of getting messages to the Houthis and we are using those channels very aggressively,” Lenderking revealed, Al Arabiyah reported.

“Ending this war through a lasting political solution is the only solution … to end the humanitarian crisis that is devastating,” he added, also noting that the Houthis must halt its attacks on Saudi Arabia.

However, Lenderking has refused to directly provide answers on what other options the US could pursue if the Houthis continue their attacks on Saudi territory.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden revised the previous administration’s designation of Houthis as a terrorist group. In a statement at the time, Connecticut Senator Christopher S. Murphy explained that removing the terrorist designation would “save lives.”

“The designation did not impact the Houthis in any practical way, but it stopped food and other critical aid from being delivered inside Yemen and would have prevented effective political negotiation,” Murphy noted, as the New York Times reported.

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