Houthis Reportedly Establish Political Office In Berlin Following Back-Channel Negotiations

January 3, 2022

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On January 2, 2022 a London-based media outlet reported that the Houthis have established an office of political and diplomatic representation in Berlin, Germany, following back-channel negotiations between Berlin and Sana'a.[1]

According to unidentified "informed sources" referenced in the article, the Houthis have rented a private apartment in Berlin to accommodate their new office, the establishment of which was not officially announced by Germany.

The Houthis reportedly requested Germany allow it to establish a representative office in the central European capital in exchange for the militant group returning 10 or 11 German-made tanks it had in its possession.[2]

According to the article, Germany entered into back-channel negotiations with the Houthis to secure the return of the tanks, which were first delivered by Germany to Saudi Arabia in a shipment of 80. It is unclear how the Houthis came into possession of the ten armored fighting vehicles.

Germany recently reiterated it would not export arms to states, including Saudi Arabia, that are involved in Yemen's Civil War, in-line with a German arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in effect since 2018.[3]

At the time of this reporting, neither German, Saudi, nor Houthi official press have reported on the allegation.

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[1] January 2, 2021.

[2] The article referenced ten tanks in the title, but 11 in the body of the text.

[3] N-tv.de/politik/Regierung-bekraeftigt-Plaene-fuer-Kontrollgesetz, December 27, 2021.


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