Muscat arranges meeting between Saudi Crown Prince and Houthis

Ankara (Debriefer)
2019-11-16 | Since 9 Month

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An informed political source said on Saturday that the Sultanate of Oman is arranging a meeting between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the delegation of the Houthis (Ansar Allah), the negotiator in the consultations of Sweden headed by Mohammed Abdulsalam.

According to the Anatolia news agency, the source, who asked not to be identified, said that the matter remains in the context of the arrangements only until the moment.

The source added: "The Sultanate is leading a major effort to conclude an agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis, as part of its efforts to reach an Iranian-Saudi rapprochement."

It onfirmed:  "There are big arrangements being made by the United Nations and Britain, including the Saudi-Houthi agreement."

In the same context, a senior official in the Houthis (Ansar Allah), said that Riyadh began to communicate with the group after the incident targeting the facilities of the oil company "Aramco" in the Kingdom adopted by the Houthis.

The Houthi official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contacts were proceeding at the highest level, including a telephone call between Khalid bin Salman and the head of the Houthi supreme political council, Mahdi al-Mashat, to discuss the truce and ceasefire on the border.

He added that the contacts between the two sides have been going on for more than a month, and there are two military and political committees, the first discussing the comprehensive ceasefire between the two sides and lifting the siege and reopening of Sana`a airport, while the other arranges for a new political situation.

The Houthi official said that among the political issues on the table, folding the page of President Hadi, and arranging for a comprehensive political settlement.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Sunday that the Houthis would have a role in Yemen's future, while Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman visited Muscat to discuss peace in Yemen.

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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