RIYADH: The GCC on Tuesday praised the US steps to designate the Houthi militia in Yemen as a terrorist organization.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the United States plans to blacklist the Iranian-backed group this month and place a number of its leaders on terrorist lists.
GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf described the move as “a necessary step that is in line with the demands of the Yemeni government. [which wants] to end the violations that these militias carry out against the brotherly people of Yemen.
He said the Houthi threat to the region was on the Iranian regime’s agenda.
Al-Hajraf said he hoped the designation would put an end to “acts of terrorism” by the Houthis and his supporters.
He said it would also help block the supply of ballistic missiles, drones and other weapons that the militia uses to target the Yemeni people, threaten international shipping and neighboring countries.
Saudi Arabia also praised the US administration’s decision.
The Gulf countries support the internationally recognized government of Yemen, which was ousted from the capital Sana’a in 2014 by Houthi forces. The takeover sparked the conflict that continues today and devastated the country.
Saudi cabinet hails US plan to designate Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist organization The Yemeni government welcomes US decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization.