US official says Washington in talks with Houthis

A top US official said on Thursday (September 5th) that Washington was in talks with the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) in a bid to end Yemen's war, AFP reported.

"We are narrowly focused on trying to end the war in Yemen," Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker told reporters during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

"We are also having talks to the extent possible with the Houthis to try and find a mutually accepted negotiated solution to the conflict."

This marks the first contact between the administration of President Donald Trump and the Houthis in over four years.

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