Hadi: Yemen government to return to peace talks in Kuwait

Published May 23rd, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi speaks to the press at the Yemeni embassy in Kuwait City on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi speaks to the press at the Yemeni embassy in Kuwait City on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi announced Saturday that his government delegation will resume participation in the peace talks, being hosted by Kuwait, after receiving assurances from the UN regarding the applicability of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 to all parties.

He made the announcement during his meeting with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 16th Doha Forum, at Doha Sheraton Hotel Sunday evening.

The meeting dealt with the latest developments of the situation in Yemen and the UN-sponsored peace talks, particularly with regard to the return of Yemen's legitimate government delegation to these talks, according to a QNA report.

"The decision of the legitimate government to return to the intra-Yemeni peace talks offers a last chance for reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict," the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed stressed in press remarks following the meeting.

"The decision delivers a clear message to the Yemeni people and the international community about the seriousness of the government in its quest for peace and stability," Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi stressed, urging the other Yemeni stakeholders to seize this change for peacemaking.

He appreciated the efforts made by Kuwait and Qatar to advance the peace consultations which hit a snag on Tuesday when the government negotiators suspended their participation in protest against the failure of the Houthi opposition to comply with the points of reference and security arrangements.

Earlier today Al-Mikhlafi met Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss the bilateral ties, besides a number of issues of mutual concern, especially the latest developments of the Yemeni peace consultations.


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