UN envoy to Yemen in Riyadh to discuss framework for peace talks

      Published on Thursday, 29 November , 2018      135 Views     
UN envoy to Yemen in Riyadh to discuss framework for peace talks


The UN envoy to Yemen is expected to meet government officials on Monday to lay the groundwork for peace talks, as international pressure mounts to end the war.

“Mr Griffiths arrived to Riyadh on Sunday evening. He is scheduled to meet Yemeni government officials to discuss the frameworks of the peace talks,” an aide close to the envoy told.



Yemen President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi, Vice President Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar and Foreign Minister Khalid Al Yamani are among those Mr Griffiths is expected to meet in the Saudi capital.

Last week, the UN official was in Houthi-held Sanaa before planned talks in December between the Iranian-backed rebels and pro-government forces. Mr Griffiths said he discussed with the rebels ways in which the UN could maintain peace in the port city of Hodeidah.

“We do not want a repetition of what happened in Geneva, that’s why we will announce the date closer to the time expected,” his aide said.

A UN-brokered attempt at peace talks in September collapsed after the rebels refused to travel to the Swiss city.

During his trip to Yemen, Mr Griffiths visited Hodeidah and proposed that the UN oversee the operation of the port – one of the key sticking points in his attempt to bring Yemen’s warring parties to the negotiating table in Sweden next month.

His trip to Riyadh came as the Arab Coalition announced it would issue 16 permits for humanitarian ships to enter the port of Hodeidah.

The humanitarian aid was provided by organisations such as Doctors Without Borders and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki said on Monday.

Col Al Maliki said the rebels were blocking ships from entering the port, which was causing a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the city.

“Houthi militias are hindering humanitarian efforts in Yemen by establishing barricades and planting naval mines,” he said.

The Arab Coalition destroyed 36 naval mines planted by the rebels in violation of humanitarian and international law, he said.

Houthis are also conducting operations from hospitals and mosques around the port,” Col Al Maliki said, adding that military operations in Hodeidah were continuing.

Clashes in the city between government forces and the rebels intensified in early November, but subsided after Mr Griffiths announced plans to launch new peace talks.



More than three years of conflict between the rebels and pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have left eight million Yemeni civilians severely affected by food shortages and plunged the country into economic crisis.

Keywords:
Category Government | 2018/11/29 latest update at 10:43 AM
Source : The National | Photocredit : Google
136 Views
Comments Add comment



Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications



Pakistan PM criticized for ‘insulting’ encounter with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman King

Pakistan PM criticized for ‘insulting’ encounter with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

The prime minister of Pakistan is facing a social media furore for allegedly disrespecting the king of Saudi…

Join efforts to fight terror, King Salman urges Muslim leaders King

Join efforts to fight terror, King Salman urges Muslim leaders

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman opened the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation…

Makkah summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis amid Iran tensions King

Makkah summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis amid Iran tensions

A Saudi-hosted Islamic summit on Saturday threw its support behind Palestinians ahead of a US-led peace plan suspected…

Saudi King Salman calls for tolerance, moderation in Ramadan message King

Saudi King Salman calls for tolerance, moderation in Ramadan message

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Sunday has called for a message of tolerance and moderation…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

PIRELLI “DREAMING” – THE CAL 2019 making of Full Version | Fashion Channel

2134 Views

A photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Lifestyle

Culture

Sport

Science & Technology

Government