US raised prospect of blacklisting Yemen's Houthis: Oman FM tells Manama summit

Reuters , Saturday 5 Dec 2020

'Yes that was raised,' Sayyed Badr Al Busaidi told a Bahrain summit

FILE PHOTO: Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, then secretary general of Oman's foreign ministry, gestures as he speaks at the Rome Mediterranean summit MED 2018 in Rome, Italy November 22, 2018. REUTERS

Oman's foreign minister said on Saturday the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East had discussed with his country the possibility of Washington designating Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement as a terrorist group.

"Yes that was raised," Sayyed Badr Al Busaidi told a Bahrain summit in response to a question on whether the designation had been raised by David Schenker during a visit to Muscat.

"I don't think there is a solution based on classifying or blockading one key player in that conflict and not bringing them to the negotiating table," the Omani minister added. 

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