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Egypt’s Sisi: Long-term armed conflict in Yemen should be avoided

President Hadi, in a message, expressed his appreciation for Cairo's support for the legitimate Yemeni government

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During Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr’s visit to Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi stressed the importance of avoiding a long-term armed conflict in Yemen, at a meeting in Cairo on Monday, the state-owned MENA agency reported.

Sisi emphasized the importance of the ongoing negotiations with the rebel militias, under the auspices of the United Nations, to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, a statement by Egypt’s presidential spokesperson said.

The statement read that Egypt was keen on providing the needed support for Yemen to end the conflict and focus on development and restoration in the country for peace and stability.

Yemen’s prime minister delivered a message from President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, wherein he expressed his appreciation for Egypt's support for the legitimate government in Yemen.

Egypt has been participating with naval and air forces in the Saudi-led Arab coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen since the campaign was launched in March 2015.

Daghr arrived in Cairo on Sunday for meetings with the Egyptian president and top officials to discuss the recent developments in Yemen, as well as for discussions on the bilateral relations.

Since Tuesday, the Arab coalition resumed its Operation Restoring Hope against the Houthis and their allies loyal to deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh after UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement.

The operation was also renewed after the Houthi militias started launching attacks on the Saudi borders, which Riyadh dubbed as a “red line”.

The Houthi militias and Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) hold most of Yemen’s northern half while forces loyal to Hadi share control of the rest of the country with local tribes.

The fighting - where more than 6,400 people have been killed; half of them civilians - has created a humanitarian crisis in one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.