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State Department spokesman Ned Price(L) listens as US special envoy for Yemen Timothy Lenderking speaks via teleconference during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC on February 16, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: The United States strongly condemned the attacks by Yemen’s Al Houthi militia on population centres in Saudi Arabia, the State Department said on Sunday.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched missile and drone strikes targeting civilian areas in the Kingdom on Saturday, that were intercepted and destroyed by Arab coalition forces.

“These attacks threaten not only innocent civilians but also prospects for peace and stability in Yemen,” the State Department said in a statement.

The US also called on the Al Houthi militia to “end these egregious attacks and engage constructively with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and US Special Envoy Tim Lenderking with the goal of bringing peace, prosperity, and security to the Yemeni people.”

Newly appointed veteran diplomat Lenderking is currently in the region holding talks with Yemeni, Saudi and UN officials to help bring a political solution to the Yemen war.

“The United States remains committed to its longstanding partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to helping Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups,” the statement added.

US President Joe Biden reiterated to King Salman during a phone call on Thursday that Washington was committed to defending the Kingdom against any threats.