Biden admin launches review of Trump decision to designate Yemen's Houthis as foreign terrorist organization

华盛顿州 The State Department has initiated a review of the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization (邀请), 一位发言人周五告诉CNN.

It is a swift move by the newly installed Biden administration to examine one of the most consequential 11th hour actions taken by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who announced the decision less than two weeks before leaving, with the designation going into effect just a day before the inauguration on Wednesday.
As noted by Secretary-Designate (Antony) Blinken, the State Department has initiated a review of Ansarallah’s terrorist designations,” 发言人说.
Blinken, President Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, said at his nomination hearing Tuesday that hisdeep concern about the designation that was made is that at least on its surface it seems to achieve nothing particularly practical in advancing the efforts against the Houthis and to bring them back to the negotiating table, while making it even more difficult than it already is to provide humanitarian assistance to people who desperately need it.
    He told lawmakers that he would propose to review itimmediately.
    The foreign terrorist organization designation was swiftly condemned by humanitarian organizations, diplomats, and bipartisan members of Congress who fear it could further inflame the situation on the ground, upend UN peace talks, and exacerbate the country’s humanitarian crisis.
    The State Department spokesperson told CNN that theywill not publicly discuss or comment on internal deliberations regarding that review.
    “然而, with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen we are working as fast as we can to conduct the review and make a determination,” 他们说.
    也门卷入了长达数年的内战,这场内战使沙特阿拉伯和阿拉伯联合酋长国支持的一个联盟与伊朗支持的胡塞叛军陷入冲突, a Shia political and military organization from the north of Yemen. The conflict has cost thousands of civilian lives and plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis.
    The State Department spokesperson said that theystrongly believe that Ansarallah” — another name for the Houthis — “needs to change its behavior,” adding that itbears significant responsibility for the humanitarian catastrophe and insecurity in Yemen.
    “同时, we must also ensure that we are not impeding the provision of humanitarian assistance,” 他们说.
    Pompeo said in his statement announcing the designation that the United States wasplanning to put in place measures to reduce their impact on certain humanitarian activity and imports into Yemen.
    “我们已表示愿意与联合国有关官员合作, 与国际和非政府组织, and other international donors to address these implications,” 他说.
    然而, humanitarian organizations and lawmakers expressed serious concerns that the measures would not be sufficient.
    Mercy Corps CEO Tjada D’Oyen said the Trump administration’s designation of the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization wouldundermine the overstretched humanitarian response in Yemen, threatening the lives of millions of Yemenis who rely on humanitarian assistance.
    The head of the International Rescue Committee called the decisionpure diplomatic vandalism.
    This policy, in the name of tying up the Houthis, will actually tie up the aid community and international diplomacy. The opposite is neededeffective pressure on all parties to the conflict to cease using civilians as hostages in their war games,” David Miliband said.
    The spokesperson said the USwill continue to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in bringing the parties to a political consensus.
    Our focus is on supporting a comprehensive political agreement that will end the conflict and resolve the dire humanitarian situation,” 他们说.
    In his nomination hearing Tuesday, Blinken told lawmakers that the Biden administration intends to end its support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
    The President-elect has made clear that we will end our support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. And I think we will work on that in very short order once the President-elect is President for the reasons that you cited,” 闪烁说.
      Asked what ending that support looks like, the nominee for top US diplomat said, “it looks like, 首要的, making sure we understand exactly what support we are actually currently providing and which we need to look at, and then withdrawing that support.
      But I want make clear, I think we have to be in close contact with Saudi Arabia, with our partner there. We need to be very clear about what we are doing, why we are doing something and talk it through,” 闪烁说. “But the main point is that for reasons that we have discussed we believe that continuing that support is not the national interest.