The US State Department issued a statement on Wednesday, announcing that Tim Lenderking, US Special Envoy for Yemen, would travel to the Middle East on Thursday. Lenderking’s visit will come within the efforts to bring an end to the years-long war in Yemen.
According to the statement, Lenderking will come together with Yemeni government officials, civil society representatives, as well as senior government officials from regional countries and international partners.
During Lenderking’s visit, the negotiations will reportedly focus on the urgent need for the Houthis to halt their military escalation towards Marib and their attacks targeting civilian areas, which are worsening the humanitarian crisis in the region.
“Lenderking will also continue to stress the US government’s commitment to working with the international community to press the parties to implement critical economic reforms, secure regular imports and distribution of fuel, and resume commercial flights to Sanaa airport,” the statement added.
In recent times, some reports have been circulated, claiming that the Houthis have advanced through the oil-rich Marib region, which is one of the last remaining strongholds held by the Yemeni government.”