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Officials in U.S. President Donald Trump's administration have repeatedly described the ongoing conflict in Yemen as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, hence justifying the United States siding with a country that many U.S. officials view as "our strong ally" against Iran.Both administrations have been guilty of looking at Yemen solely through the prism of Iran policy. In both cases, Yemen has suffered the consequences.If this war is to end, and with it the daily death and destruction of the Yemeni state and its people, the two main protagonists – the Houthis and the Saudis – must stop vilifying one another, get back to serious talks, and take the necessary steps to deescalate the conflict and eventually end it. It is worth reminding ourselves that the conflict has national, regional and international aspects. Iran has become an issue at the regional and international levels, but it was not involved, and remains so to this day, in the internal Yemeni struggle for power.Saudis have complained about Iran meddling in Yemen for the past decade.Iran's involvement increased again when the Saudi-led coalition launched a war to stop the Houthi advance on south Yemen after they took over Sanaa in 2014 .
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