UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Monday that he discussed in Jeddah with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman, the latest developments on the Yemeni arena.
Griffiths tweeted: "We discussed ways to keep Yemen out of regional tensions, make progress in implementing the Stockholm agreement and support Saudi Arabia for the peace process".
This is the first visit of the UN envoy to Yemen to the kingdom following the declaration of the Houthis on 21 September the stop targeting Saudi Arabia in a "peace initiative" aimed at completing a "comprehensive national reconciliation" under "serious and genuine" negotiations between the various parties to the conflict.
The UN envoy to Yemen recently intensified his meetings with Saudi officials as part of the UN efforts to find a political solution to end the war in Yemen, that has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
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.
Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.
But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.
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.