U.N. announces new peace talks on Yemen next week

A boy with his bicycle stands near buildings destroyed during fighting between tribal fighters and Shiite rebels known as Houthis at a street in Taiz, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP)

The United Nations envoy for Yemen said Thursday that the warring parties in Yemen have agreed to take part in peace talks next week.

Special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed welcomed the commitment of the government of internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, the Iranian-backed Houthis and the General People’s Congress political party - led by deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh - to attend the talks.

The venue and date of the talks is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Ahmed urged the participants “to engage constructively and in good faith” to work for an agreement on a ceasefire and a political transition.

Since late March, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to deposed leader Saleh, in a bid to restore Hadi’s government to power.

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