US Considers Reversing Houthi Terrorist Designation Amid Red Sea Shipping Attacks

Elena Rodriguez
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US Weighs Reversing Houthi Terrorist Designation

The US has expressed willingness to revoke the terrorist designation of Yemen's Houthis if the Iran-backed group halts its attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. Tim Lenderking, President Joe Biden’s special envoy for Yemen, emphasized the desire for diplomatic solutions to deescalate the situation and eventually reconsider the terrorist label.

Key Takeaways:

  • The US is open to revoking the terrorist designation of Yemen’s Houthis if they cease their shipping attacks in and around the Red Sea.
  • Tim Lenderking, President Joe Biden’s special envoy for Yemen, highlighted the need for diplomatic off-ramps to deescalate the situation and end military strikes on Houthis’ military capability.


This potential move signals a diplomatic approach to ease tensions and could pave the way for resolving the conflict in Yemen. It reflects the Biden administration's emphasis on pursuing diplomatic solutions in the region, marking a departure from the previous administration's approach.

Do You Know?

  • The Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah, is an Islamist political and armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah in northern Yemen.

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