Houthis promise safeguard Bab al-Mandeb Strait: Spox

CAIRO:  The Bab al-Mandeb Strait will “never be closed” and the international navigation of the Red Sea will “never be halted,” Houthi spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam told Youm7 Friday.

“We respect Egypt, its people, its President, and all the agreements signed between Yemen and the neighboring countries,” Abdel Salam said, noting that Egypt has helped many Arab nations, particularly Yemen, adding that the group had sent this message to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The Anadolu Agency reported Friday that Houthis forces entered Ta’izz, a governorate near the strait, which is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, and is crucial to maritime navigation.

A Houthi delegation arrived to Cairo early March with the plans to meet Egyptian officials and Arab League representatives to gain more international support.

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