UN Special Envoy for Yemen headquarters to move to Amman

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Amman, the capital of Jordan, will be the headquarters of the office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Jordanian foreign ministry has announced.

According to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the announcement was made following a meeting between the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi.

This came days after UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s motorcade was shot by Houthi militias during his visit to Sanaa, hindering his mission.

‘Forbidden’ from returning to Sana’a

Meanwhile, Houthi leader Saleh al-Samad, head of the political council of the militias, said that the UN envoy is “forbidden” from returning to Sanaa and accused him of bias, demanding the United Nations choose a new envoy who respects the will of the Yemeni people.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, returned to Yemen for a new round of consultations to discuss the chances of military truce and the resumption of Yemen’s peace negotiations stalled since August 2016, reported diplomatic sources on Thursday.

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