Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

The UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has said the talks are a "crucial moment." (File/AFP)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

DUBAI: The legitimate government of Yemen has agreed to participate in the peace talks set to be held in Sweden “soon,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said during his opening speech at the Kingdom’s Shoura Council on Monday. 

The Kings statement came hours after a senior leader of the Houthi militia said the group would stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, said the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.
At the time Martin Griffiths told UN Security Council members: “This is a crucial moment for Yemen.”  


Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Updated 29 min 11 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US.
The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read.
Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.”