Reports: Yemeni talks to resume mid July

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, arrives for the Yemeni Peace Talks with Yemeni delegations in Kuwait (Photo: Kuwait Ministry of Information via AP)

Yemen’s warring parties plan to suspend talks and to resume after the Muslim Holiday of Eid negotiators said Monday.

Two negotiators representing Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies, and one from the internationally-recognized government, told The Associated Press that the two sides were drafting a joint statement to announce that they will return to talks mid-July, following the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Iftar.

One of the negotiators, a minister in the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, says “the return to the talks is meant to save face after reaching a deadlock.”

The announcement came a day after UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Kuwait, where the two sides have been meeting since April, to encourage them to reach a peace deal. He also called for the release of prisoners, including journalists and other political detainees, as a goodwill gesture ahead of the holiday.

The government has demanded the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution calling on the rebels to withdraw from all cities, including the capital, Sanaa, and hand over their heavy weapons.

The negotiators spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

(With AP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47