Al Houthis say ‘willing’ to attend UN talks

Sana’a – A member of the political wing of Yemen’s Iran-allied Al Houthi militia said Saturday the insurgents were willing to attend UN-brokered talks.

Salim Meghles said the so-called “Ansar Allah” political wing is “not opposed to such consultations” which are aimed at “reaching a general framework for negotiations”.

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Thursday told the Security Council that the United Nations will invite Yemen’s warring sides for talks in Geneva on September 6 to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.

A Saudi-led coalition has intervened in Yemen since 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government to power, which has been driven out of the capital Sana’a by Al Houthis.

A government official on Friday said the Saudi-backed government was ready to attend the Geneva talks.

UN-brokered political talks on Yemen broke down in 2016 amid demands for a rebel withdrawal from key cities and power-sharing with the Saudi-backed government.

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