Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels

In this Sunday, June 26, 2016 photo released by the Kuwait Ministry of Information and made available Monday, June 27, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center right, talks with a member of the Yemeni delegation during the Yemeni Peace Talks in Kuwait (File Photo: Kuwait Ministry of Information via AP)

Yemen’s government delegation has quit talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels despite resuming them earlier this month.

Officials with Yemen’s internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told The Associated Press they were considering proposals to reconvene the talks, which have failed to bridge the gap with the rebels, in Oman. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters otherwise.

Hadi’s government is backed by a US assisted Saudi-led military campaign against the Shiite rebels. The war has killed some 9,000 people.

Hadi’s negotiators are demanding the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution which stipulates the withdrawal of militias from all cities. The Houthis want the Saudi-led offensives to stop first, and also a share of power in a transitional government.

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