America says Yemeni talks in Sweden a "necessary and vital first step"

WASHINGTON (Debriefer)
2018-12-05 | Since 1 Week

State Department's spokeswoman, Heather Nauert

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The United States hailed on Tuesday the forthcoming Yemeni peace talks in Sweden, calling it "a necessary and vital first step," calling on all parties to engage"  cease any ongoing hostilities."

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement seen by "Debriefer" news agency: "We have no illusions that this process will be easy, but we welcome this necessary and vital first step."

"Now is the time for Yemenis to replace conflict with reconciliation and work together to realize a brighter future for Yemen."

She added: ""The United States calls on parties to engage fully and genuinely, and cease any ongoing hostilities." , stressing that " The Yemeni people have suffered for a very long time. The parties are indebted to the Yemenis to enable them to take advantage of this opportunity."

"Now is the time for Yemenis to replace conflict with reconciliation and work together to realize a brighter future for Yemen.", she said.

The spokeswoman for the State Department stressed the strong support of the United States to the Special Envoy of the United Nations to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, who made great efforts to make these consultations successful, and thanked the Government of Sweden for hosting the consultations.

Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.

Last September, UN peace talks failed after Houthi delegation refused to leave Sana'a on UN plane, asking for Omani aircraft instead to provide additional room for wounded elements supposed to fly to Muscat. But Hadi rejected citing Houthi plans to transport Iranian and Lebanese injured combatants, though to have fought beside Houthis.

Another round of peace talks collapsed in 2016, after failing to reach an agreement for power sharing after 108 days of negotiations in Kuwait. The Houthis remained stranded in Oman for three months.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015.

The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015, to reinstall President Hadi and his government, and has left nearly 11,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured, 3 million displaced and made other thousands to flee the country.

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.


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