Sanaa delegation returns to Yemen following 5-day talks in Riyadh
Sanaa's national delegation engages in crucial consultations with the Yemeni leadership after extensive talks have been held in Saudi Arabia.
Sanaa's national negotiating delegation, accompanied by Omani mediators, arrived in Yemen's capital to consult with the leadership of the Supreme Political Council, following five days of negotiations with the Saudi side in Riyadh.
Earlier, the head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi al-Mashat, stated that a national delegation will head to Riyadh for talks with Saudi officials in response to a request made by Omani mediators.
The delegation was expected to continue the consultations that took place in Sanaa and Muscat, with the most recent talks held in the holy month of Ramadan.
The Minister of Information in the Sanaa government, Daifallah al-Shami, confirmed on Friday to Al Mayadeen that the Sanaa delegation's visit to Riyadh was not due to a Saudi invitation, but rather through Omani mediation.
Al-Shami indicated that the visit to Riyadh was a gesture of goodwill by Sanaa.
He pointed out that the Saudis were informed before the delegation's visit to Riyadh that this round of negotiations, which was held in Muscat, could be the last.
Al-Shami revealed that the circumstances surrounding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Muscat indicate that he was the one who asked Oman to take the initiative regarding the Sanaa delegation's visit to Riyadh.
The Yemeni Minister pointed out that Saudi Arabia is trying to present itself as a mediator in the Yemen war, but this will not succeed, because Riyadh continues to lead the aggression against its neighbor.
He underlined that Sanaa will not allow for humanitarian issues to be sidelined during negotiations, noting that Saudi Arabia holds the key to ending the war on Yemen.