Martin Griffiths in Saudi Arabia for talks on Yemen

Mon, 2021-02-22 20:59

LONDON: The UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths was in Saudi Arabia on Monday for a series of meetings with Yemeni and Saudi officials, according to a UN spokesman.

His visit comes as part of the organization’s efforts in seeking a nationwide ceasefire in Yemen, alleviate the humanitarian suffering, and resume the political process toward peace, the spokesman added.

On Sunday, Griffiths confirmed a round of Yemeni prisoner exchange talks ended with no agreement reached between warring parties, saying: “Although the parties did not agree to releases during this round of talks, they committed to keep discussing the parameters of a future expanded release operation.”

And last week, Griffiths said Houthi militia assaults on the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold Marib must stop, while warning of a potential humanitarian disaster if hostilities did not cease.



Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)
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