KSA, US push Syria truce

Updated 09 February 2016
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KSA, US push Syria truce

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia and the US will push for an immediate cease-fire in Syria at international talks this week, their top diplomats said Monday.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington to prepare for broader negotiations in Munich in Thursday, said AFP.
“We have a tremendous stake in trying to resolve the problems in the region before they consume all of us,” Al-Jubeir said, giving brief remarks with Kerry.
Both Kerry and Al-Jubeir cited UN Security Council resolution 2254, which calls for a cease-fire and humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns.


Yemeni government approves UN plan for redeployment in Hodeidah

Updated 20 February 2019
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Yemeni government approves UN plan for redeployment in Hodeidah

  • The withdrawal from Hodeidah will be carried out under the supervision of UN monitoring committee
  • The Houthi militia will withdraw by 5 km, while the Yemeni government will withdraw by 3.5 km south of the Red Sea Mills

DUBAI: The Yemeni government said on Wednesday that it approved a UN plan for redeployment in Hodeidah, Al Arabiya reported.

The withdrawal from Hodeidah will be carried out under the supervision of UN monitoring committee and will begin in the next 11 days.

The Houthi militia will withdraw by 5 km, while the Yemeni government will withdraw by 3.5 km south of the Red Sea Mills. This aims to secure the passage for relief workers to the Red Sea Mills.

The UN said it had been unable to access the Red Sea Mills - which has enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month - in Hodeida since Sept. last year.

Martin Griffiths and Michael Lollesgaard – who heads the monitoring mission – will oversee the implementation of the Stockholm agreement.

Lollesgaard assured the Yemeni government that the Houthis will withdraw 5 km away from Al-Saleef and Ras Eisa ports within the next four days.

Government officials are also expected to return to their official posts in Hodeidah after the Houthi withdrawal.