UN envoy to Yemen hopes to resume talks by November

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The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, expressed on Thursday his hopes to resume talks with all parties by November.

He also said that the best way to resolve Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is to fix the economy, revealing that the top international priority is to stop the slide in the riyal currency.

Martin Griffiths said the United Nations is discussing an emergency plan to stem the riyal’s fall and restore economic confidence.

“There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that this economic issue is now the overwhelmingly most important priority,” envoy Martin Griffiths told Reuters.

“Within the UN we’re talking about the need for such a master plan ... an immediate set of measures over weeks during which the World Bank, IMF, UN agencies, the Gulf obviously, the government of Yemen could come together to discuss,” he said.

Saudi Arabia donated $200 million to Yemen’s central bank this week to help shore up the riyal, following earlier deposits of nearly $3 billion, but Griffiths said a more comprehensive approach was needed.

“I don’t think we can always rely and shouldn’t always rely on Saudi generosity to put money into the system,” he said.

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