Yemen’s Saleh wants return to dialogue

A supporter of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh holds up a poster of Saleh during a rally in his support in Sanaa November 7, 2014. (Reuters)

Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh voiced hope Wednesday that a halt to a Saudi-led air campaign in support of his exiled successor would open the way for renewed dialogue.

"While the decision to start the attacks and the aggression was rejected, the decision to stop the attacks and end the aggression is welcome," Saleh said in a Facebook post carried by his party's website

"We hope that this will represent a complete end to the resort to force, violence and bloodshed," and will allow a return to dialogue.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday the end of Operation Decisive Storm, a military campaign led by the kingdom in Yemen to combat the Houthi advance in the embattled country.

The operation will continue to target Houthi militias as it enters a political phase, Saudi state television reported.

“The coalition will continue to prevent the movement of Houthi militias from moving or undertaking any operations inside Yemen,” Gen. Ahmed Asiri told reporters in Riyadh.

The Riyadh-based central command also announced the beginning of a new campaign, named “Operation Renewal of Hope,” after the earlier campaign launched on March 26 fulfilled its objectives, a statement said.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45