On January 14, three top officials of the United Nations called on the United States to revoke its decision to blacklist Yemen’s Houthis a foreign terrorist organisation. The officials also warned that the US’ move would push the country into famine and chill peace efforts.
During a UN Security Council meeting on Yemen, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock, UN Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths and UN food chief David Beasley issued their warnings, with Griffiths telling the 15-member UN body, “We fear that there will be inevitably a chilling effect on my efforts to bring the parties together. The decision will contribute to the prospect of famine in Yemen and should be revoked based on humanitarian grounds at the earliest opportunity.”
A UN spokesperson said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has supported the call by his officials urging the US to roll back its decision.