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Blinken is in Riyadh to restore relations, why is the conflict in Yemen on the agenda?

The conflict in #Yemen is very complex due to the multiplicity of its engines. Does #Washington have the ability and desire to deal with various files?
الولايات المتحدة تسعى للمساهمة بفاعلية في حل الصراع في اليمن
US Secretary of State

On June 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Yemen's Presidency Council president, Rashad al-Alimi, in Riyadh. The two sides talked about peace initiatives as well as other elements of US-Yemeni ties. Blinken emphasized the significance of a more comprehensive peace solution and UN-led negotiations in particular.


During his visit to Saudi Arabia, the US Secretary of State met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the two addressed a variety of Middle Eastern issues, including the conflict in Yemen. The foreign minister's visit to Riyadh is viewed as an American attempt to repair the relationship between Washington and Riyadh, which was harmed by significant shifts in Saudi foreign policies that emphasized pluralism in ties.


The agenda of the visit, however, included discussing the conflict in Yemen because of its link to the issue with Iran and al-Qaeda, as well as the prospect of modifying Yemen's map as one of the recommended options to resolve the conflict.

Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is undergoing fundamental transformations, allowing it to balance relations with great and intermediate countries such as China and Iran.

Earlier, Rashad Al-Alimi, the head of Yemen's Presidential Council, met with UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg in Riyadh, who is also holding a series of meetings with officials from various countries in the region, such as Oman, and outside the region, such as China and Japan, to support Yemen's peace efforts.


Yemen's situation has recently received significant diplomatic attention. The region's policies tend to diversify its foreign contacts, emphasize economic development, and demonstrate the potential to influence the global arena. To achieve these goals, significant players in the area, such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, must lessen regional tensions and resolve difficulties, such as the Yemen conflict and Iran's fierce antagonism.


Despite these attempts, Yemen's conflict is exceedingly complex due to the variety of its engines, beginning with the Houthi group and continuing through Al-Qaeda, not to mention the southern issue, corruption, poverty, and mismanagement in the country. As a result, there are numerous alternatives and strategic plans to consider, and the essential concessions overlap.


The US has no substantial interests in Yemen and faces no impending threats to it. However, the strategic partnership between the United States and the Arab Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is a crucial motivator of collaboration to end the violence in Yemen.

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