UN’s Griffiths will head to Saudi capital to meet with Yemeni officials

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (C) leaves following his meeting with the Houthi leader in the capital Sanaa, on November 24, 2018. (AFP)

The United Nations special envoy, Martin Griffiths, is heading to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh to hold talks with officials in the Yemeni legitimate government, after meeting with the Houthi leader in Sanaa on Saturday, a UN source said.

The source told AFP that Griffiths will hold the talks on Monday.

Griffiths arrived on Wednesday in Yemen ahead of planned peace talks in Sweden in December between the Iran-aligned Houthi militias and Yemeni legitimate government backed by the Arab coalition.

On Friday, Griffiths arrived in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah which is a battleground between Houthis and the Yemeni national army.

The envoy said that he discussed with Houthi leaders “how the UN could contribute to keeping the peace” in Hodeidah.

“I am here to tell you today that we have agreed that the UN should now pursue actively and urgently detailed negotiations for a leading UN role in the port,” he told reporters on what was his first visit to Hodeidah.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52