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UN Chief: Saudi Crown Prince aided Yemeni truce

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The United Nations said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres feels his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi helped achieve the cease-fire agreement in the province of Hodeidah where the country’s key port to import desperately needed food is located.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at UN headquarters in New York Thursday that Guterres felt the Saudi crown prince’s contribution “was very important to the outcome of the consultations” and that Hadi “played a positive role.”

The secretary-general thanks those inside and outside the region that tried to encourage the parties to make progress at the talks in Sweden and believes this was “valuable” in reaching Thursday’s agreement, Haq said.

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He said UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, who led the talks, and UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, will brief the UN Security Council Friday on the outcome.

Haq said certain aspects of the agreement, including UN monitoring of the port of Hodeida, “might need Security Council approval” which would require a new resolution.