Yemen’s ousted Saleh retracts, welcomes UN plan

Saleh made his comments as UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheickh Ahmed held meetings in the capital Sanaa with Houthi militias. (File photo: AP)

Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has welcomed a UN peace proposal to end the country’s 19-month war as a “good basis for negotiations” in signs of faltering ties between him and the Houthi militias.

Saleh made his comments as UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheickh Ahmed held meetings in the capital Sanaa with Houthi militias and negotiators representing forces loyal to him.

An Arab coalition has been fighting since March 2015 against Houthi militias and Saleh loyalists to restoring the internationally recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to his legitimate power.

Saleh says his only conditions to accepting the peace plan is the halt in all military operations, withdrawal of foreign troops in the country and ending crippling international sanctions on the country.

Only a week ago, the former president who was ousted from office rejected the UN plan, which would sideline him and set up a government of less divisive figures.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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