Houthis allow UN team to mount Safer FSO: UN sources

2020-07-12 | Since 4 Week

New York (Debriefer) - Yemen's Houthi group has given consent for a UN team to get on the Yemeni floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer off the Red Sea port of Ras Isa, two UN firsthand sources said Sunday.

The Houthis sent a letter including their approval for a UN technical team to ascend the facility, Reuters quoted the sources as saying.

On Friday, the UN expressed extreme concerns after water seeped into engine room of Safer tanker stuck off the Yemeni western port with 1.14 million barrels of crude onboard.

The UN is discussing with the Yemeni official government and Houthi group arrangements for selling the crude and distributing its revenues equally between the two rivals.

The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the issue of Safer at a especial session next Wednesday.

The internationally-recognized government and Houthis have reached a deal under which the FSO facility would be repaired and proceeds of its crude be shared by both sides, a Yemeni parliamentary source said Saturday.


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