The Republic of Yemen has welcomed the US announcement of the Houthi rebel militia a foreign terrorist organization.
In a statement of which Saba received a copy, Yemen's foreign ministry said the militia merit the designation "not only for their concerted efforts in porolonging the conflict and producing the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe, but also for their actual concealed terrorist actions."
"The Houthis are an emerging menace to both regional allies and international security; and their presence also poses a threat to US interests and national security," read the statement.
"Truly, and even beyond Hezbollah and IRGC, there is also a hidden nexus and network of cooperation between the Houthis and other foreign terrorist groups who have global aims and ambitions to attack the US military, American nationals and involvements in the region."
The ministry said the militia, over the six years of the conflict, have been responsible for "crimes against humanity" and terrorist activities "in secret collusion and cooperation with other foreign terrorist groups who have managed to operate from Yemeni territories."
The ministry said that Iran's ideological, military, financial and other forms of aid allowed the militia "to engage in reckless and reprehensible terrorist acts."
It said the FTO designation should be viewed as an effective tool to stop the militia's deplorable behavior and compel them to "genuinely pursue" peace.
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