Saudi Arabia convenes talks on Yemen crisis
GCC, US, UK officials and United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will begin meetings in Jeddah
Saudi Arabia will host over the next few days a series of important meetings for the Gulf foreign ministers, the US and Britain to discuss the Yemeni crisis as military activities escalate after the militia representatives thwarted the peace consultations sponsored by the UN in Kuwait.
According to Gulf officials, the international stance against the violations of the Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces has solidified.
Foreign ministers of Gulf countries, the US and Britain in addition to United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will begin meetings in Jeddah on Wednesday.
According to analysts and diplomats, the officials will support the international efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni issue, just like the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the US and Britain attempted during their meeting last month in London.
Russian participation will be a first in the crisis and will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov who during his meetings with Yemeni officials confirmed Moscow's support of the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Yemeni officials told Al Arabiya News Channel that the participants during the Jeddah meeting may hint at taking international punitive measures if the militias reject to an international peace plan.