UN envoy hints Oman could hold Yemen peace talks

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to the press upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on May 22, 2017. (File photo: AFP)

The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed hinted at the possibility of holding talks between Yemen’s warring parties in Oman without giving a specific date.

Cheikh Ahmed said that ideas on the introduction of humanitarian aid through the port of Hudaydah are currently being discussed.

In a new political movement led by the UN envoy to Yemen, he began a tour of Oman, talking about indications of the upcoming consultations between the Yemeni parties in Muscat.

The UN envoy revealed a meeting expected with the delegation of the Houthis to discuss the United Nations initiative on the port of Hudaydah.

A Yemeni source said the Omani mediation reject the Houthis group’s position that obstructs the peace process.

The UN envoy said that the United Nations is not demanding the extradition of the port of Hudaydah to the Yemeni government, but instead to a third party to manage the port, adding that efforts are underway to resolve the issue of salaries of state employees in Yemen and the opening of Sanaa airport.

Cheikh Ahmed said that he will visit Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II, and that there is a meeting with Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi to inform him of the initiative of Hudaydah, stressing that the port of Hudaydah is the entrance and the beginning of a comprehensive solution to the Yemeni crisis.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51