Timing: Houthi rebels offer to stop attacking Saudi Arabia

Timing: Houthi rebels offer to stop attacking Saudi Arabia
Houthis display "their" Quds 1 cruise missile at an exhibit in July 2019. Al Jazeera video

[Ed. – Sure: after Iran has mounted at least one major attack on Saudi Arabia – underscoring where the “Houthi” attacks are really coming from – the Houthis now say they’ll stop, if the Saudis will cease any intervention in Iran’s proxy interference in Yemen.  That would leave Iran and the Houthis with a free hand in Yemen, of course, which is what the campaign against Saudi Arabia has been about all along.  Media report this as if it’s some good-faith head-scratcher offer coming from out of nowhere.]

Mr Rouhani said Iran was “ready to let go of the past mistakes” made by regional neighbours.

“In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours, that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them,” he said.

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have also made a peace initiative, saying they would end all attacks on Saudi Arabia provided the kingdom and its allies did the same.

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UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said in a statement it was important to “take advantage of this opportunity and move forward with all necessary steps to reduce violence, military escalation and unhelpful rhetoric”.

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