Ansarullah: Talks Underway in Oman to Halt Saudi Attacks on Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)– A senior Ansarullah leader announced that negotiations on halting the Saudi aggression against Yemen are proceeding in Oman.
“The talks are currently underway in Muscat to halt the Saudi attacks on our country (Yemen),” Hamza al-Houthi, member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, told FNA on Monday.
Al-Houthi also said that the talks in Oman will also include resumption of consultations and negotiations between the warring sides in Yemen.
On Sunday, Oman’s Foreign Ministry announced that six foreign captives, including two Americans, three Saudis and a British citizen, were released by Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters.
The hostages, held for months by the Yemeni fighters, were released yesterday and later flown from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, to neighboring Oman.
Oman’s Foreign Ministry, which helped negotiate their release, said in a statement that the hostages were released following mediation efforts by the country’s diplomats acting on behalf of Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The two Americans were identified as Scott Darden, an employee of a logistics company, and security consultant Sam Farran.
They were arrested along with a British national in the early days of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen in late March. Their release appears to be a goodwill gesture by the Ansarullah ahead of UN-brokered peace talks later this week.
Both the US and the UK have been supporting the Saudi onslaught against Yemen by supplying arms to the aggressors and providing them with intelligence and logistical support.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 180 days now to restore power to Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,106 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.