Saudi’s deputy minister of Defence Khalid bin Salman stressed Saudi support for a political solution in Yemen, which
has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict in a meeting with UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths on Monday.
The minister said in a tweet that he met with the special envoy to “emphasise our commitment to the wellbeing of the Yemeni people, and the need to end Iran’s interference in Yemen. I also stressed our support for a political solution, and the need for the Houthis to implement their signed agreements, including Stockholm.”
Yemen’s warring parties agreed on Monday on new measures to enforce a ceasefire and facilitate a troop pullback from the flashpoint port of Hodeida, the United Nations said.
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
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.
On 14 May, the UN said Houthi group had withdrawn from Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa ports, in application of the UN-brokered Stockholm peace deal that made breakthrough in UN efforts to end war in Yemen.
The move raised wrath of the Yemeni government that dubbed Houthi withdrawal as farce.
On 22 May, President Hadi sent an official letter to the UN SG AntonioGuterres talking about unprecedented, unacceptable desecrations committed by Griffiths, accusing the UN envoy of seeking to "provide guarantees for Houthi militias to stay in Hodeida under UN umbrella."
The Yemeni President asked the UN chief for sufficient guarantees that those violations would be reviewed and not repeated.