Yemen, in Brussels a Conference Discusses the Liberation of Hodeidah, but Qatar and Iran Do Not Step Back

Souad Sbai

The major problem is always the same: Iran and Qatar keep refusing to take a step back from their project of destabilization of the Middle East and the Arab world. In the case of the chaos they have created in Yemen, Iran and Qatar do not halt their backing and financial support to the Shiite Houthi rebels. The war has been ongoing in Yemen for years now war, disrupting life in this country, but Iran and Qatar are jeopardizing every possibility to restore peace and security conditions, and the return to a normal life for the Yemenis. On top of that, Yemen is even suffering from a devastating cholera epidemic, which reaped victims like a crazed sickle. Yemen is stuck in this disastrous socio-political and health situation, and seems hopeless.

In Brussels, during the conference on the future of the country, the liberation of Hodeidah is being discussed, as a turning point in the conflict and the possible resumption of peace negotiations to achieve a political solution. The risk of a humanitarian catastrophe is just around the corner, but Tehran and Doha do not seem willing to soften their positions or decrease their support for the Houthis in their guerrilla warfare. What will become of Yemen? Despite the massive UAE aid plan, the UAE “Marshall plan” for Yemen, the situation is getting more tense and the risk of the establishment of an enclave of extremism in Yemen more and more concrete. Hodeidah is the keystone of this path that divides Sana’a between peace and war. Between a future and an eternal return to the past – a past with even darker traits if possible.