Houthi leader discusses with UN envoy Sweden pact application

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-05-06 | Since 4 Month

Griffiths meeting with Houthi leader

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Houthi leader discussed Sunday with the UN envoy for Yemen the latest developments in terms of implementing Stockholm Agreement and "obstacles made by other party to prevent progress," said Houthi spokesman.

Abdul Malik al-Houthi and Envoy Martin Griffiths addressed a set of thoughts that could help revive the deal, Mohamed Abdul Salam added on Twitter.

They also "discussed issues pertaining humanitarian situation and Yemeni people's worsening sufferings caused by Saudi-Emirati arbitrary measures," said spokesman.

Houthi leader underscored the need for making progress in the economic issue "hindered by aggression states, accelerating the payment of civil servants salaries and neutralizing economy .. especially with Ramadan setting in," according to Abdul Salam.

Abdul Malik also asked for the body of their interior minister to be smoothly brought home, condemning the Saudi ban, he added.

Yemen has been racked by bloody conflict between the government and Houthis who have taken over Sana'a the capital and most populated areas in the north since late in 2014, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemen 4-year war has left most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.

Earlier on Sunday, the UN special envoy arrived at the Sana'a airport in unannounced visit to the Houthi-held capitalas part of efforts to help apply the Stockholm pact reached last December by Yemeni rivals, who agreed to withdraw their troops from Hodeida City and its three ports.

Griffiths' trip aims at sparing Hodeida the trouble of any clashes, after representatives of Yemen Quad nations – Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and USA – decided on 26 April that the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Houthi group need to start implementing the Hodeida deal before 15 May, the date when the UN Security Council will held next meeting on Yemen, said informed sources.

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.

The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.

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