UN envoy to Yemen meets with chief Houthi negotiator in Muscat

Amman (Debriefer)
2019-09-11 | Since 3 Month

UN Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday that he met with Muhammad Abdulsalam, chief of the Houthi negotiating delegation and Ansar Allah spokesman.

"I held a very good meeting with Mohammad Abdel Salam in Muscat on 09 September 2019. We exchanged views on ways to make progress in the political process and de-escalate tensions Yemen.", Griffiths tweeted.

Neither the Houthis nor their pro- media talked about the meeting and its outcome.

On Sunday, 8 Septemberin Jeddah, the UN envoy discussed with Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir "ways to move forward in the political process in Yemen," in a meeting Griffiths described as "very positive."

The United Nations is working to find a political solution to end the war in Yemen, which left three-quarters of the population in need of humanitarian assistance and pushed the country to the brink of starvation, in a humanitarian crisis the United Nations calls "the worst in the world."

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organizations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.


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