UN envoy to present peace plan for Yemen in June

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks to the press upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on March 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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UN envoy to present peace plan for Yemen in June

  • Martin Griffiths said he looks forward to a formal relaunch of peace negotiations
  • Possibilities of peace talks stalled on previous failed attempts and recent military escalations

ARAB NEWS: The UN special envoy to Yemen is expected to present his framework for negotiations between the warring sides to the security council in June, a statement from the UN said on Tuesday.

Martin Griffiths, who replaced Ould Cheikh Ahmed in February, said he “looks forward to a formal relaunch of peace negotiations.”

Possibilities of peace talks stalled on previous failed attempts and recent military escalations, including the Yemeni army’s recent advancements in Taiz and Hodiedah.

The statement added that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “gravely concerned by the negative impact of the recent escalations of attacks on the political process.”

Guterres called for all parties to take urgent measures to de-escalate.


EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

Updated 20 August 2018
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EU must speed up efforts to save nuclear deal — Iran state TV

  • ‘Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions’
  • The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August

ANKARA: Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that was abandoned by US President Donald Trump in May, Iranian state TV reported.
“Europeans and other signatories of the deal (China and Russia) have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow. It should be accelerated,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told a weekly news conference broadcast live on state TV.
“Iran relies mainly on its own capabilities to overcome America’s new sanctions.”
European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal since US withdrawal from the deal, which Trump said was “deeply flawed.”
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran in August, targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry.