On Saturday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the Houthi coup militia to immediately release all Yemeni employees and evacuate the US embassy building in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
Blinken condemned the arrest of Yemeni employees of the US Embassy in Sana’a by the Houthi coup militia.
The US Secretary of State also called on the Houthis to return confiscated property and stop threatening embassy staff.
On Thursday evening, the UN Security Council condemned, in the strongest terms, the storming of the US embassy compound in Yemen by the Houthi militia, the Iranian arm, and the arrest of dozens of local employees.
In a statement, the members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the recent and ongoing seizure and infiltration of the compound, which was formerly used as the US embassy in Sana’a, by the Houthis, during which dozens of local employees were arrested.
The members of the Security Council called for the immediate withdrawal of all Houthi elements from the compound, and for the immediate and safe release of those still in detention.
The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principles enshrined in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, in particular the prohibition of intrusion into diplomatic property as well as the inviolability of mission premises and their immunity from search, demand, seizure or execution.
The members of the Security Council also specifically stressed that the premises of the temporarily recalled diplomatic mission, along with its property and archives, must be respected and protected.