Yemen‘s internationally-recognized government lauded the U.S. decision, considering it an important step in the right direction.
In a statement revealed by the country’s Foreign Ministry, the Saudi-backed Yemeni government said that “the U.S. move comes in the right direction for its upcoming positive impact upon security and peace in the region and world.”
The statement stressed the importance of the U.S. decision in “pushing the regime in Iran to change its behavior and stop its practices in destabilizing the region’s security and stability interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.”
However, local Yemeni analysts and political observers interviewed by Xinhua said that the U.S. decision will have limited impact on the ongoing conflict in the war-torn Arab country.
Mohsen Naji, a strategic military expert based in Aden province, said that blacklisting Iran’s IRGC will not largely affect the ongoing fighting in Yemen, but may lead to serious impacts in the turbulent Middle Eastern region.
He said that “the strategic relations between the Houthi rebels and Iran won’t be largely harmed by U.S. decision, because the Houthis are considered as one of Iran’s key loyal militias in the region. Iran will not leave its proxies in the region including Houthis despite all the recent U.S. sanctions.”
The Yemeni military expert expected that the internal conflict taking place in the country will see no end in the near future, as other countries participate in funding the Houthi rebels to stay longer in fighting the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces.
“Houthis receive support from several unannounced parties and other groups in the Middle Eastern region, so blacklisting Iran’s IRGC won’t have an impact on Yemen’s internal conflict that will continue in further escalation,” said Naji.
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