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US To Lift Blacklisting of Yemen’s Ansarullah
By Staff- Agencies
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday said he will revoke the “terrorist” designations of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement from February 16.
Donald Trump administration imposed the specially designated global terrorist [SDGT] and foreign terrorist organization [FTO] designations on its last full day in office despite warnings by other governments, aid groups and the United Nations that the sanctions they carried could push Yemen into a major famine.
US President Joe Biden has quickly moved to reverse US policy, aiming to ease the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and intensify diplomacy to end Yemen’s war.
“This decision is a recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen,” Blinken said in a statement.
Blinken, however, said three of Ansarullah leaders – Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim – will remain subject to US sanctions “related to acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen”.
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