Houthis ‘aborting’ talks on Hodeidah; Griffiths to visit Yemen, Riyadh tomorrow
The UN head of truce monitoring committee, retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, has concluded the second round of consultations in Yemen, which was marked by persistent refusal of the Houthi militias to abide by Sweden agreement and the handing over of Hodeidah ports and withdrawal from the city.
This come after the Yemeni legitimate government, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent a letter to the UN Security Council accusing the Houthi militias of failing to abide by the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah, which is witnessing continuous violations.
Griffiths to visit Yemen, Saudi Arabia
Meanwhile the United Nations announced that its special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, will head on Saturday visit Yemen’s capital Sanaa and Saudi Arabia. Griffiths will be holding talks with Cammaert and leaders representing the pro-Iranian militias.
Observers believe that Griffiths’ visit may lead to resolution of some of the outstanding issues and clarification of some of the points in Sweden agreement, whereas the Houthis offer explanations that do not match what was agreed in Sweden.
Griffiths is also scheduled to visit Riyadh to meet with leaders of the legitimate government, headed by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi , ahead of the Security Council hearing a report (by Griffiths) next week.
The UN is hoping to bring the sides together later this month, possibly in Kuwait, to follow up on the progress made in talks in Sweden. Observers believe that the failure in this round will reflect negatively on the entire political process in Yemen.