Reactions of Yemeni officials & activists to Lenderking' recognition of Houthis as 'legitimate actor'

Reactions of Yemeni officials & activists to Lenderking' recognition of Houthis as 'legitimate actor'

  1. Yemen's ambassador to London Yaseen S. Noaman wrote:

"One Yemeni adage says, 'He is mad yet they give him a big hand.' Perhaps the US envoy cannot understand that we are facing a phenomenon of insanity called 'Houthis.' This confused use of labels (the legitimate actor) does not work as a political infiltration method with Houthis. It is a movement programmed on the use of violence to accumulate the gains he [Lendering] talked about in a way that recognizes the violence-based legitimacy. All what these confused uses of concepts will lead to Houthis believing that they are invited to push ahead with more violence and that what they do is blessed. The international community has more than one experience most recent of which was their [Houthis'] removal  from the terror list."  Noaman noted that no one in Yemen had tried to "get  Houthis of the political equation", but the Houthis don't recognize participatory politics.


  1. Ali al-Waeedi, an activist, posted on Facebook: "It is not the first US message of support to Houthis and will not be the last. The US declaration of intent to remove them from the terror list on February 6 galvanized them into launching a new Marib offensive that has not stopped until now."
  2. Abu Yunus, a social media activist, tweeted: "The US envoy is the one who extended the respite for Houthis to overrun Marib. He and the UN envoy Griffiths all work to serve the Houthi militia."
  3. Saudi prince Sutam bin Khaled Al Saud tweeted: "If ISIS captures areas in Iraq would it become a legitimate actor too?"
  4. Yahya Abu Hatem, activist, tweeted: "What is new in the US envoy's remarks? We have said it again and again and we repeat it for the thousand time: The Houthis are the creation of the US with Iranian and British support. Tweet by "
  5. Lays Minna, activist, tweeted. That [the USA] who surrendered Iraq to Iran, can't be its opponent in Sana'a.

  6. Presidential advisor Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi said in a statement that the recent US recognition of "Houthi militia as a legitimate actor does not change a thing in their categorization as illegitimate putschists."

In a statement, said the US envoy Tim Lenderking's statement "does not resolve the Yemeni crisis either." "But it satisfies illusions of the Houthis  and those who present them to the world. He who declared this recognition will enter into the rabbit hole of trying to bring Houthis to the peace table and talk them out of the unlawful hold on power"  which he will find as "just a false hope," al-Mekhlafi said. He said the recognition of the Houthis "looks like the revoking of their terrorist designation. In both moves, the US was under the illusion that this will temper their extremism and attract them to peace… The problem does not lie in the position of Yemenis toward the Houthi but the position of the Houthi toward everyone else."  Al-Mekhlafi said, "Before the Americans, the Yemeni legitimate government and the rest of the political actors in the country (in 2011) had recognized the Houthi as an actor despite his protracted rebellion. He was engaged in the national dialogue and the government and deals were struck with him. The outcome was that he persisted in war and carnages and conducted a coup (in 2014). After the coup, rounds of dialogue were held with him to get the [UN Security Council's] resolution 2216 implemented, but the outcome was more Houthi war and more destruction."

"What the Houthi demands," continues al-Mekhlafi, "is not to be recognized as one stakeholder in the country. He seeks the recognition of his coup d'état and his racist superiority. And this is what he won't be able to get from Yemenis or from the world as long as the Yemenis oppose and refuse that."


  1. A leader in the separatist Southern (Yemen) Movement Abdulnasir al-Wli wrote: "The Houthis have triumphed with an obvious regional and international support."

  2. Noble Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman wrote on facebook, "The ultimate bottom line is that me personally and all free people of Yemen will remain against the Houthi, fighting and countering his fascist dynastical fascist agenda. We will not recognize him even if the whole world does."

  3. Yemen's ambassador to Jordan Ali al-Amrani tweeted: "No one can legitimize the Houthi coup d'état in Yemen."

  4. Yemen's ambassador to the UNESCO Mohammed Jumeih said in a tweet that "these remarks [of Lenderking] are in line with Washington's perspective that does not regard the Houthis as a terrorist, outlawed group." Jumeih said the remarks "are a recognition of the Houthis as Yemeni actor, but not as the recognized representative of Yemen."




*These commentaries were collected from the traditional press and social media

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