White House welcomes end of ‘Operation Decisive Storm’

The operation will continue to target Houthi militias as it enters a political phase

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The White house said on Tuesday it welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement that it would end air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen and back political peace talks.

"The United States welcomes today's announcement by the government of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners of the conclusion of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen," said Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

"We continue to support the resumption of a U.N.-facilitated political process and the facilitation of humanitarian assistance," Baskey said in a statement.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday the end of Operation Decisive Storm, a military campaign led by the kingdom in Yemen to combat the Houthi advance in the embattled country, Al Arabiya reported.

The operation will continue to target Houthi militias as it enters a political phase, Saudi state television reported.

“The coalition will continue to prevent the movement of Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen,” Gen. Ahmed Asiri told reporters in Riyadh.

The Riyadh-based central command also announced the beginning of a new campaign, named “Operation Renewal of Hope,” after the earlier campaign launched on March 26 fulfilled its objectives, a statement said.

The Saudi defense ministry said in a statement that the air strikes had managed “to successfully remove threats to Saudi Arabia’s security and that of neighboring countries.”

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