Jan 26, 2021 07:38 UTC
  • US authorizes transactions with Yemen’s Ansarullah for 30 days

The US Treasury Department has issued a license authorizing transactions until February 26 involving Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, which was earlier designated by the Trump administration as a foreign terrorist organization.

The new Treasury Department license issued on Monday allows all transactions involving Ansarullah or any entity in which it owns 50% percent or more - though not its blacklisted leaders - until Feb. 26, 2021.

The Treasury Department appeared to be trying to allay the fears of companies and banks involved in commercial trade to Yemen, which relies mainly on imports.

Brian O’Toole, a former Treasury official under the Obama Administration, says the license “essentially wipes out the entire effect of the designation while giving the Biden administration a chance to make the decision on its own rather than getting stuck with Mike Pompeo’s decision.”

Donald Trump's administration announced the designation of the popular Ansarullah movement as a terrorist group on January 11, nine days before new US President Joe Biden took office last Wednesday.

Trump was a staunch ally of Saudi Arabia, offering logistical help and military sales for the kingdom's six-year war on Yemen to dislodge the Ansarullah-led and Sana’a-based National Salvation Government, which is controlling much of the war-torn country.

The Biden administration’s move to approve transactions with the Ansarullah came after 22 aid organizations working in warn-torn Yemen called for Washington to revoke its labeling of the Ansarullah as a terror group as the move put "millions of lives at risk”.

The joint appeal was issued by Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council, among others.