Hodeidah, the city with its three ports, Saleef, Ras Isa and Hodeidah itself, has been liberated from the Houthis’ sway.
This is the summary of the Sweden agreement announced by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday. He said agreeing over Hodeidah was one of the most difficult issues they faced, adding: “We are witnessing the beginning of the end to the Yemeni crisis.”
Perhaps, the world’s first man of diplomacy, the Portuguese Guterres, is exaggerating this optimism but there’s no doubt that when it comes to the agreement reached during Sweden’s negotiations, international British envoy Martin Griffiths, the delegation of Yemeni legitimacy, and if you want you can say the Houthis as well, take some credit.
But hold on, would Hodeidah’s main port, the two other ports, Saleef and Ras Isa, and the city itself, would be liberated just like that in a “sudden Houthi patriotic rational” moment?
If it hadn’t been for the speed of Griffiths and the UN, and the west behind them, to launch the Sweden dialogue, we would have now been talking about a complete military liberation of HodeidahMashari Althaydi