The European Union condemned on Tuesday the decision of the outgoing US administration to classify the Houthis in Yemen a "terrorist organization", considering that this step could make the peace efforts led by the United Nations in the country "more difficult."
A spokesperson for the European Union’s foreign minister, Josep Borrell, warned that “the United States’ designation of Ansar Allah as a foreign terrorist organization, and the classification of three of its leaders as such, may make the peace efforts led by the United Nations towards a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Yemen more difficult “.
He added that "the European Union is convinced that only a comprehensive political solution can put an end to the conflict in Yemen," stressing that the bloc "will continue to call for dialogue between all parties."
The Houthis are backed by Iran, an enemy of the United States and a regional opponent of Saudi Arabia. Since 2015, Washington's ally, Riyadh, has led a military coalition in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government.