Dubai: International efforts to end the Yemen crisis are faltering and the Yemeni people are suffering, Kuwait’s depurty foreign minister Khalid Al Jarallah said in Moscow where he attended the Arab-Russian Forum.

“This calls on us, with the help of our Russian friends and the international community, to put an end to this conflict and to work towards implementing the Stockholm Agreement based on the three references, namely UN Resolution 2216, the Gulf states initiative and its executive mechanisms, and the outcomes of the national dialogue.”

An Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, launched Operation Decisive Storm on March 25, 2015 to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognised government after a coup just months before by Iran-backed Al Houthi militants.

A ceasefire agreement was reached in Sweden in December 2018 but the coalition has accused Al Houthis of not being serious about its implementation citing more than a thousand violations.

Since then, fighting has flared up again.

“The region has been paying dearly for all the wars and conflicts imposed on its countries,” Al Jarallah said.

“What is really sad is that our region is an incubator for most of the conflicts and wars, and this has cost it dearly in terms of destruction, dispersion and delays in development.”

The minister said that he looked forward to the role of Russia, as a superpower and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, in addressing many of the challenges facing the region.

“We appreciate Russia’s distinctive contributions that boost opportunities to cooperate and coordinate with our Russian friends to address many of the crises and conflicts in our region in a serious attempt to find ways to end them and contain their effects,” he said.