UN envoy holds ‘fruitful’ talks with Yemen Houthi chief

Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy for Yemen, speaks during a press conference in the Yemeni capital Sanaa's international airport prior to his departure on July 4, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 04 July 2018

UN envoy holds ‘fruitful’ talks with Yemen Houthi chief

  • Griffiths said he would brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on his latest talks in Yemen
  • In the coming days, the UN envoy is to meet President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi

The UN envoy for Yemen said Wednesday he had held “fruitful” talks with Houthi leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in his bid to avert all-out fighting for the strategic port city of Hodeida.
“I’m greatly reassured by the messages I have received, which have been positive and constructive,” Martin Griffiths told reporters at Sanaa airport after two days of talks in the rebel-held capital.
“I’m especially thankful to Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, whom I met yesterday, for his support and the fruitful discussion we held.”
Griffiths said he would brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on his latest talks in Yemen.
In the coming days, the UN envoy is to meet President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
“All parties have not only underscored their strong desire for peace but have also engaged with me on concrete ideas for achieving peace,” Griffiths said.
Hodeida is the latest battleground in the Yemeni conflict, which has killed nearly thousands of people since 2015 and pushed the country to the brink of famine.
The Red Sea port provides a lifeline for the 22 million Yemenis dependent on humanitarian aid and is also the point of entry for three-quarters of the country’s commercial imports.
The government and its allies in a regional coalition accuse the Iran-backed militia of receiving smuggled weapons through Hodeida and have demanded their unconditional withdrawal from the city, which they have held since 2014.


Turki Al-Khalaif, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Entrustment and Liquidation Center

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Turki Al-Khalaif, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s Entrustment and Liquidation Center

Turki Al-Khalaif has been CEO of the Entrustment and Liquidation Center (Infath) since December 2019.

He also worked as managing director at Infath from April 2019 to December 2019.

Al-Khalaif gained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2003.

He received a high diploma in private equity from the London Business School in 2009 and an MBA in general management from the University of Hull in the UK in 2010.

Al-Khalaif also completed a master’s degree in investments analysis at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 2011.

Before his current position, he worked as a financial analyst at Samba Financial Group, Alkhobar, from March 2003 to March 2004.

He also worked as an accounting assistance manager at Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Appliances Corp., Qassim, between March 2004 and February 2009.

Al-Khalaif worked as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, Glasgow, between August 2010 and July 2011.

He also worked as CFO of the Warehousing & Logistics Services Co., Riyadh, from March 2013 to March 2015, and was an internal audit committee member and investment audit committee member from March 2013 to December 2017.

He was vice president of strategic and business development at Cayan Group in Riyadh and Dubai between March 2015 and January 2018.

Al-Khalaif was also ministerial adviser for the real estate contributions committee at the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Riyadh, between October 2017 and October 2018.

He then became chief investment officer of the National Housing Co., Riyadh, from January 2018 to March 2019.