Mahdi al-Mashat, leader of the pro-Houthi Supreme Political Council, has sent telegrams to Russia, China and France to ask for assistance in de-escalating the conflict and easing the situation in Yemen.
Al-Mashat, in his letter, called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to play a mediating role in the conflict of Yemen between Houthi Ansar Allah on one side and the Saudi Arabia and UAE coalition on the other.
The message, posted on July 19th by Yemeni news outlet Saba, asks Russia to use its international influence to put an end to the aggression and remove the air and sea blockade on Yemen, put by the Saudi-led coalition. He also urged the Russian president to ensure security and stability in the country.
According to Yemen Resistance Watch, President al-Mashat also clarified that the Hudaydah offensive is one part of a larger plan of the Saudi-led coalition to achieve control of vital port cities, islands and maritime routes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
On Monday July 23rd, AWD News reported that Mahdi al-Mashat has met in Yemen with French Ambassador Christian Testot and has handed him a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. During the meeting, al-Mashat affirmed his council’s support for all peace efforts and their wishes to stop the spilling of Yemeni blood. He further noted that the Saudi-led coalition are continuing their US-backed war, as reported by AWD News, and the military escalation. According to him they reject all calls for peace and have also rejected the recent attempts by the UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths. Al-Mashat allegedly expressed hope for the reopening of the French Embassy in Sana’a to facilitate the process of communication. The letter also expressed hope that the French president would assist in alleviating the conflict, which has, according to AWD News led to the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the world.
According to an article by Almasirah, on July 22nd, al-Mashat also sent a letter to the Chinese President Xi Jinping. The contents, according to Almasirah, were identical to those sent to France and Russia.
The Houthis, despite their lengthy success in the Yemeni civil war, which began in 2014, are now on the verge of destruction. This is due to operation Golden Victory, which started on June 13th. The operation aims the recapture of Al-Hudaydah, which has not yet been successful.
On June 16th, UN Special Envoy Marting Griffiths arrived in Sana’a, the Houthi-held capital. He was sent to deal with growing fears that the war would cut the only lifeline of the population. On June 26th, Griffiths arrived in Aden to persuade Hadi for a political solution and an end to war. On June 30th, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman announced a temporary ceasefire for the progress of political dialogue. The UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths then proposed the handing over of the port of Hudaydah to the Saudi-led coalition restart peace talks. Al Arabiya reported that the Houthi rebels had rejected the proposal, and instead suggestion that the UN manage the facility under their supervision.