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After Afghanistan, Houthi rebels call for US and Saudi exit from Yemen

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, chairman of Yemen's Supreme Revolutionary Committee

After the humiliating exit of the United States in Afghanistan, emboldened Houthi rebels  have also called for the departure of the US and Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, chairman of Yemen's Supreme Revolutionary Committee, in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday urged Washington and Riyadh to quit Yemen under a well-defined exit plan.

“With the departure of the last American colonizers from Afghanistan, I call on the United States and its Saudi ally to leave Yemen too and devise a plan to that effect so that the Yemeni people can live in stability and away from occupation and guardianship,” Houthi tweeted, Iran’s Press TV reported.

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“The Yemeni nation will never accept occupation and guardianship, no matter how long the conflicts and confrontations last. Yemen will be the graveyard of the aggressors, ” Houthi said.

In March 2015 Saudi Arabia launched, in what is widely perceived as  a US-backed military operation in March 2015. A number of Gulf countries had participated in the attack in collaboration with a number of Gulf states targeting the so-called Ansarullah movement.

The war with the Iran-backed Houthi rebels has dragged on, resulting in a situation where diplomacy could come into play.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan in April  told Turkey’s TRT channel that “Iran is a neighbouring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Tehran.”

Iran and Saudi Arabia, engaged in a fierce struggle for sectarian based regional domination cut their ties in 2016, starting a proxy-war in Yemen.

"We do not want Iran's situation to be difficult. On the contrary, we want Iran to grow… and to push the region and the world towards prosperity," the Saudi Crown Prince said.