Yemen’s President al-Hadi approves three-day ceasefire

Published October 18th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. (AFP/Justin Tallis)
US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed make a joint statement on Yemen at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi approved a three-day truce Monday, the country’s foreign minister said.

Al-Hadi’s approval came in response to an appeal launched by the US and the United Kingdom on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, in a statement posted on his Twitter account wrote that "President Hadi approved a cease-fire 72 hours which can be extended" without stating its entry date in force.

Mekhlafi also asked to reactivate the role of the cease-fire committee and ease the siege on the city of Taiz in the southwest of the country.

Houthis rebels have not commented on the developments.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issued the call in a joint statement with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the United Nations envoy to Yemen on Sunday.

Yemen has been racked by chaos since late 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran the capital, Sanaa, and other parts of the country, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to temporarily flee to Riyadh.

In March of 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive military campaign in Yemen aimed at reversing Houthi gains and restoring Hadi’s embattled government.

Last week, the US directly intervened in the conflict through a missile strike on a coastal area held by the Houthi.

By Mourad Arifi


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