UN’s Griffiths arrives in Yemen Sanaa to push Hodeidah truce

Griffiths is expected to hold talks with the Houthis in Sanaa on Saturday. (File photo: Reuters)

The UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in the capital Sanaa, on Saturday, for talks to shore up a ceasefire in the country's lifeline port city of Hodeidah, an AFP photographer said.

Earlier, the UN announced that Griffiths, will head to the capital Sanaa  and later on will travel to Saudi Arabia where he will be holding talks with President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

In the meantime, obstacles hindering the implementation of the Sweden agreement regarding the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah prompted the UN head of the truce monitoring committee, retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, to travel to Sanaa ahead of Griffiths’ arrival there in preparation for talks with the pro-Iranian Houthi leaders.

These meetings come ahead of the upcoming third meeting of the Joint Tripartite Coordinating Committee for the redeployment in Hodeidah expected next Tuesday.

The UN head of truce monitoring committee, retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, concluded the second round of consultations in Yemen, which was marked by persistent refusal of the Houthi militias to abide by Sweden agreement and the handing over of Hodeidah ports and withdrawal from the city, after the second round of consultations ended without any results.

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