Saudi Arabia, the UAE, UK and US hold Yemen talks in London

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir with representatives from the UAE, UK and US during a meeting of the Yemen Quartet. (Saudi Foreign Ministry)
Updated 27 April 2019

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, UK and US hold Yemen talks in London

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir took part in the meeting of the Yemen Quartet
  • Meeting discussed how best to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths

LONDON: The need for Houthi militias in Yemen to adhere to the Stockholm Agreement was on the agenda in talks between senior diplomats of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Britain and the US in London on Friday.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the Yemen Quartet had discussed the latest developments of the crisis and “agreed on the need for the withdrawal of Houthi militias from the ports and the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement”

He also said there was discussion on “Iran's continuing hostile practices in supporting Houthi militias with missiles and drones to target civilian areas in Yemen and neighboring countries.”

The UK Foreign Office said the meeting discussed how best to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.

A ceasefire between Yemeni government troops and Houthi militants was agreed for the key port of Hodeidah in December during talks in Sweden. But the implementation of the truce has stalled and the Arab Coalition supporting Yemeni forces has accused the Iran-backed Houthis of dozens of violations. The coalition includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“I called this meeting so that we keep doing everything we can to move forward on the hard road to peace in Yemen,” UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. “This is a horrendous conflict and it is taking too long to turn the ceasefire agreed in Stockholm into a durable path to peace.”

The meeting was also attended by the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nayan, and David Satterfield, a US acting assistant secretary of state.


Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

Updated 28 min 32 sec ago

Turkey’s Fatih drill ship starts operations off northeast Cyprus

  • Turkey said it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights
  • Yavuz is another Turkish drillship off the west coast of Cyprus

ANKARA: The Turkish oil-and-gas drilling ship Fatih has started its operations off the coast of northeastern Cyprus, Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said on Friday, despite warnings from European Union for Ankara to stand down.
On Monday, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a framework for restrictive measures against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey, a formal candidate to join the EU despite worsening ties, criticized the decision and said it would not cease drilling because it is operating on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.
Another Turkish drillship, Yavuz, is off the west coast of Cyprus.