Abu Dhabi: The UAE said it supports a UN plan for peace talks to be held in Sweden by the year’s end.
“We welcome early convening of UN-led talks in Sweden,” the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted yesterday.
Gargash said the coalition would “urge all parties to take advantage of window of opportunity to restart the political process” at a UN Security Council meeting tomorrow.
“We look forward to hosting [UN Yemen envoy] Martin Griffiths this week in Abu Dhabi,” Gargash added.
After failed peace talks in September, the UN is pushing to host a new round of negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Iran-linked Al Houthi militias by the end of the year. Gargash said the city of Hodeida is quiet and the port is operating. “We are working closely with the UN on expanding humanitarian assistance for all areas of Yemen. The UN is now distributing $75 million, provided by the coalition, in salaries to 135,000 teachers in liberated and Al Houthi occupied areas. “Removal of letter of credit requirements by Yemeni Central Bank will facilitate more food imports,” Gargash tweeted.
The United States, Britain and France — three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia — have also called for an end to nearly four years of conflict, particularly in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.