UN envoy: A possible truce in Yemen during Ramadan
“We welcome the initiative announced by the GCC to host the parties to the conflict in Yemen for consultations in Riyadh in the coming weeks,” says the UN special envoy for Yemen.
The United Nations is seeking a ceasefire in Yemen during the holy month of Ramadan, UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said Sunday.
In a similar vein, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric commented in a tweet on the upcoming Riyadh conference, saying: "We appreciate all initiatives that support UN actions to reach an inclusive negotiated political settlement to the conflict in Yemen."
“In that context, we welcome the initiative announced by the GCC to host the parties to the conflict in Yemen for consultations in Riyadh in the coming weeks in support of the UN efforts,” he added.
On Saturday, the head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi Al-Mashat, said that "the Saudis, the Emiratis, and the disloyal Yemeni hypocrites are nothing but executors of the US and British schemes.”
Al-Mashat added that "the ones behind this conspiracy are the Americans and the British taking aim at the Yemeni people," stressing that "the Saudis are the actual executors."
He pointed out that "it is the Yemeni people who foiled all the enemy's plots since the beginning of the aggression until today," stressing that "the practices of the coalition of aggression reflect the reality of this aggression and unravels its true ugly face."
The top Yemeni official maintained that "the level of hatred of the coalition of aggression is evident in its practices and insistence [on inflicting harm], not to mention that it revels in the siege of the Yemeni people at all levels."
In the same context, Ansar Allah Movement rejected, on Saturday, the invitation of the Gulf Cooperation Council for consultations in Riyadh. A member of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, said that the Yemeni-Yemeni consultations are being held "as a prelude to dialogue leading to solutions" in Yemen, and "it is not useful to hold them after exploratory dialogues that spanned for years to no avail."
This comes after the Gulf Cooperation Council announced it would host Yemeni talks in Riyadh, but Ansar Allah stressed that the talks should take place in any neutral country not participating in the aggression against Yemen.