Delegation of Yemeni "legitimate" government representatives leaves Riyadh for Sweden

RIYADH (Debriefer)
2018-12-05 | Since 6 Month

FM of the legitimate government, Khaled al-Yamani

اضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The delegation of the Yemen`s internationally-recognized government left Riyadh on Wednesday for Sweden to participate in peace talks with the Houthis group, whose delegation arrived in Stockholm on Tuesday evening with UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

Swedish foreign Minister Margot Wallström confirmed that the Houthi delegation  with UN envoys  and Sweden and Kuwait mediators had arrived to resume Yemeni peace talks.

Earlier, Margot Wallström posted on Twitter that she predicted that the delegation of the "legitimate" Yemeni government would soon arrive in Sweden for consultations.

The arrival of the Yemeni parties to Sweden during the current period is more important than the date of the consultations, which were reported by media outlets that it will be held on the sixth of this month.

The delegation is carrying the hopes of the Yemeni people to achieve sustainable peace based on the three references," Abdullah Alalimi, the head of the presidential office and delegation member posted on Twitter.

He pointed out that "the delegation of the Yemeni government will put the concerns and aspirations of the Yemeni people at the top of his priorities, and will make every effort to make the success of the consultations, which we consider a real opportunity for peace."

"We will spare no effort to make the consultations succeed, to bring peace to an end to the war of aggression and to lift the siege. Our hands are outstretched for peace." spokesperson for the Houthi group Mohamed Abdulsalam posted in twitter.

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 Masqat. 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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