Collaboration between Houthi militants and Iranian officials to shape Middle East strategy

A Houthi official met with Iranians this week in Yemen, according to Houthi-linked media. Mohammad Abdul Salam, head of the Iran-backed Houthi negotiating delegation, met with Mohammed Ghalibaf, an important figure on Iran’s Shura council and also with Iran’s foreign minister and other officials to discuss policies against Israel. Salam has handled relations with Iran in the past and has been a chief negotiator for the Houthis in recent years. The Houthis want to increase their role in the Middle East as part of Iran’s regional policy against Israel and the US. The fact Houthi media has highlighted the current meetings with the Iranians shows this is not clandestine, but rather an open call to unite the various “arenas” in the region.