The Embassy through the CAO monitors all Congressional Bills and Resolutions as well as Statements and Reports that may be of concern to Yemen; and it engages in meetings with the US Congress to foster favorable a perspective on Yemen and for reinforcing Yemen’s strategic alliance with the USA
Recently, it was announced that new legislation will be introduced in the US Congress called the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps. (IRGC) Terrorist Designation Act, which will also be sponsored in the Senate by the Honorable Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas), a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and in the House of Representatives by the Honorable Congressman Michael McCaul (R – Texas), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. In this regard, the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC has communicated to the two honorable aforementioned members of Congress on behalf of the Government, its formal and complete support for this legislation against the IRGC – and the Embassy expressed its support to the aforementioned Members of Congress for passage of this legislation in order to apply pressure on Iran to cease its support for the Houthis.
Moreover, the Embassy has affirmed to the US Congress there should be language in the legislation to designate the Houthis as one of the terrorist groups supported by the IRGC. Yemen retains a long-standing and close partnership with the US Government in crucial counterterrorism efforts against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP); and this should now apply to the Houthis. Yemen has been a victim of Iran, not only from its pernicious meddling in our internal affairs, but also in its hostile military & material support for groups that have wreaked havoc in our entire political and security landscape – while also perpetrating serious crimes and human rights violations against the Yemeni population (including against women and children).
Recently, the US Congress took action to pass House Resolution 599 on November 13, 2017 which (among other things) called for a political solution in Yemen and encourages other governments to join in providing the resources necessary to address the humanitarian crisis. Moreover, House Resolution 599 condemns Iranian activities in Yemen calls on all responsible countries to take necessary measures against Iran, including the interdiction of Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels and the application of sanctions against Iran. In terms of Iran, the Embassy notes other Bills in the US Congress that have been deliberated, namely: House Resolution 3636 – The Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Terrorist Designation Act and House Resolution 478 – The Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Terrorist Sanction Act of 2017. The former expresses the sense of Congress that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization. And the latter would direct the President to: (1) designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity, (2) impose sanctions against the IRGC, and (3) report to Congress on the results of such sanctions. Moreover, the latter concerns have been subsumed in Public Law 115-44 entitled: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). This legislation from the 115th Congress was signed into law by President Trump on August 2, 2017. President Trump affirmed the following in his official statement after the signing of CAASTA“Today, I signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang.
Moreover, as stated in CAATSA:
Title I (Sanctions with Respect to Iran),
Section 103 (Regional Strategy for Countering Conventional and Asymmetric Iranian Threats in the Middle East and North Africa),
Paragraph 5 (“An assessment of Iran’s asymmetric activities in the region, including) –
Line C (“the types and amount of support, including funding, lethal and nonlethal contributions, and training provided to Hezbollah, Hamas, special groups in Iraq, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Houthi fighters in Yemen, and other violent groups across the Middle East.”)
Furthermore, Following the killing of ex-President Saleh (along with members of his own family), the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC has also called upon the United States Congress to also take the strongest possible action specifically against the Houthi Rebels in Yemen in order to compel them to make peace in Yemen or to face additional consequences that will be entirely untenable for them to continue with their illegitimate hold in the northern part of Yemen.