Houthi delegation heads to Riyadh for talks before ceasefire

Published April 4th, 2016 - 05:54 GMT
While prior UN-backed peace talks for Yemen have failed, preliminary talks between Houthis and Saudi officials are going positively. (AFP/File)
While prior UN-backed peace talks for Yemen have failed, preliminary talks between Houthis and Saudi officials are going positively. (AFP/File)

AFP reports that a delegation of Houthi rebels in Yemen have arrived in Riyadh for talks before a planned ceasefire begins.

"The Huthi delegation is in Saudi Arabia and the discussions are ongoing. I believe we have made good progress," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said to AFP reporters on Monday.

"Talks with them are ongoing with the aim of finding a political solution for the Yemen crisis," Jubeir continued.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition that supports embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The coalition has been bombing the rebels for over a year.

Two prior attempts at ceasefires leading up to UN-broked peace talks have been broken by both sides. However, according to AFP, the preliminary reports from this series of talks are positive.

"There is significant progress in negotiations, and we have good contacts with the Houthis, with a delegation currently in Riyadh. We believe that we are closer than ever to a political solution in Yemen," Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said.

A UN-backed ceasefire will formally begin on April 10, with peace talks starting on April 18 in Kuwait.


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