Pro-government fighter sits on the back of a military truck during clashes with Houthi fighters in the southwestern city of Taiz. By ANEES MAHYOUB / REUTERS. @Adobe Stock Images.

MBS’s meetings with Trump and Mattis followed a flurry of diplomatic activity on the Houthis’ end. In January, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam visited Oman, which is where he reportedly met with Saudi officials (shortly thereafter, Oman’s foreign minister flew to Tehran). In February, Abdul-Salam visited Iran and, just last week, he was reportedly seen in Saudi Arabia.

 

This article was first published in The National Interest