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Kuwait ‘ready to receive’ Yemenis for more talks

Three months of UN-brokered talks failed to make headway with the government and militias both holding ground

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Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al Jarallah has confirmed his country’s willingness to receive delegations from all Yemeni sides in the future if and when peace talks are agreed on.

Jarrallah also spoke against allegations made by Iranian FARS news agency that Kuwait was differing with Saudi Arabia on the situation in Yemen, saying the Kuwait has not shifted its stance and solidly supports neighboring Riyadh.

As Kuwait celebrated the 26th anniversary of its liberation earlier this year, all of us remember the sacrifices offered by Saudi Arabia since the first day of the liberation war,” Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamed Al-Sabah said on Monday.

Three months of UN-brokered talks - which were hosted in Kuwait - failed to make headway, with the Houthi militias and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government both holding firm to their positions.

Following the 2011 uprising against Yemen’s then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, several events occurred that led to the country’s political turmoil. As factions fought for control of Yemen, the power vacuum led Houthi militias to take advantage of instability and rising fuel prices to oust Hadi’s government in Sept. 2014.

Hadi and his cabinet fled to Saudi Arabia, which led an Arab coalition against the Houthis in March 2015. After 18 months of fighting, the Houthis and their allies control most of the north - including the capital Sanaa - while forces loyal to Hadi and the popular resistance control the south.