Griffiths holds Yemen talks in Riyadh, heads to Muscat to resume peace efforts

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After holding talks in Riyadh on Wednesday, United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths headed to Muscat to revive political negotiations.

Griffiths discussed visions, proposals and efforts to achieve peace and build trust.

The UN envoy met with Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in Muscat and discussed latest Yemeni developments and international efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen.

Earlier on Wednesday, Griffiths met with Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr in Riyadh and discussed efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Yemen, the official Yemeni news agency reported.

Ahmar voiced his appreciation of Griffiths’ efforts to achieve peace and ease the Yemeni people’s suffering. He reiterated that legitimacy is headed towards fulfilling permanent peace that’s based on the three references, the Gulf initiative, the outcomes of the national dialogue conference and UN Resolution 2216.

Ahmar added that the Houthis’ oppressive policy against citizens in areas they control, their assault on civilians, theft of resources and destabilizing regional and international security imply that they adhere to the option of war and violence.

He also called on the international community to exert pressure to implement international resolutions and subjugate the Houthis to sit for dialogue.

Meanwhile, Griffiths discussed suggestions to achieve peace and build trust; however, the proposals’ details have not been made public. The UN envoy is seeking to hold a new round of consultations among Yemen’s warring parties after the consultations scheduled in September in Geneva failed because the Houthi delegation did not show up.

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