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How do US-Gulf relations affect US-Yemeni relations and stability in the Middle East?

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

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The US Secretary of State stated that the US and the GCC countries are collaborating to find a long-term solution to the situation in Yemen and to offer much-needed relief to millions of Yemenis. This occurred during a meeting in Riyadh with all US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and officials before the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries' foreign ministers.


Blinken also stated that they will continue to confront Iran's disruptive activities, particularly the recent seizure of oil tankers in international waters. It is worth noting that Iran is accused of sending weapons to the Houthis in Yemen, which breaches the group's UN arms embargo.


Blinken also underscored the United States' ongoing war against terrorism in the Middle East and around the world.


Observers predict that the United States' participation in different domains in the Middle East region, particularly the Arab Gulf and Yemen, would rise. This aims to counteract China's expanding influence and to compensate for the US's tarnished reputation in the Arab Gulf states.


In this regard, the US Secretary of State emphasized that one of the main goals of his visit to Saudi Arabia is for Washington to work with the Arab Gulf states to implement a positive agenda for the region and beyond.


Infrastructure development, climate mitigation, health security, and food security are all areas of cooperation. He emphasized the US effort to establish common priorities capable of diversifying economies and increasing resilience. He also stated that collaboration would continue in the fields of energy, technology, smart grids, water desalination, and education.


While the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have all of the ingredients and conditions for a successful engagement with the United States that gives prosperity and progress to their people, the crisis in Yemen prevents this poor and troubled country from catching up.


Yemen must exit the current conflict through a comprehensive ceasefire agreement and begin working hard to find a proper resolution to the conflict and a transition to a long-term solution that is acceptable to all parties. Following that, it will be required to assist Yemen in establishing effective governments, rebuilding, and establishing a stable and sustainable economic environment, infrastructure, and public services that fulfill the requirements of the entire population.


Washington's position on several conflict concerns in Yemen is still not totally aligned with the positions of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries; nevertheless, Washington is reported to be demonstrating more flexibility in attempting to address lingering difficulties. US-Yemeni relations should move to a deeper level of cooperation in order to achieve US strategic goals in the Middle East.

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