Griffiths departs Sanaa, fails to convince Houthis to surrender Hodeidah

United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, looks as he talks with assistants upon his arrival at Sanaa airport in Sanaa, Yemen. (Reuters)

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths two-day efforts to convince the Houthis to withdraw its militias from Hodeidah has not yielded results on the ground on Sunday by the time he left the country.

Griffiths, who brokered the breakthrough last month in Sweden, returned to Yemen Saturday with a plan to expedite measures agreed between the government and the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

Key among them is the redeployment of rival forces from Hodeida, the Red Sea port city crucial for aid and food imports.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the rebel Higher Revolutionary Committee, told AFP that talks on Yemen’s war-torn country’s economy “could take place in Amman... which I discussed with the UN envoy.”

For his part, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has stressed the need for the withdrawal of the Houthis from the ports and the city of Hodeidah, according to the plan prepared by the UN head of truce monitoring committee, retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert, and accused the militias of procrastinating in the implementation of the Stockholm agreement.

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