Government: new talks amidst Houthis’ escalation is meaningless

Government: new talks amidst Houthis’ escalation is meaningless

Alsahwa Net- Yemen’s Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik, criticized suggestion about going to new talks with the Houthis militia amidst military escalation by the latter.

This statement came in response to calls by the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths for new rounds of peace talks amid military mobilization by the Houthis rebels against government-held areas in Al-Jawf and Marib.

Abdulmalik said that the Houthis continue their defiance to the Stockholm agreement implementation and show no action on the ground for peace.

The state-run Saba News Agency quoted Abdulmalik saying that the UN calls for de-escalation must be directed to the Houthis who use the ceasefire in Hodeida for military expansion.

Abdulmalik voiced his statement during his meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Yemen, Kang Yong.

Abdulmalik and Yong discussed Yemen’s latest developments in light of the recent military escalation by the Houthis rebels.

He said that such escalation hinders peace efforts including the role of China on this respect.

This is the first response by the Yemeni government to the UN envoy calls for calm and military de-escalation.

Griffiths who visited Marib last Saturday, called for reduction of military escalation to contain ongoing armed clashes between the Houthis and the government forces in Nehm, Al-Jawf and Marib.

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