Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks

Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks
Sweden's FM Margot Wallstrom is heading to the Middle East in an attempt to relaunch talks between Yemen’s government and the Houthi militia. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 30 August 2019

Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks

Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks
  • Wallstrom told Swedish Radio on Friday that she wants to "speak with as many people as possible," adding she will visit Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman and Jordan
  • In December, both sides signed a UN-brokered peace deal in Stockholm, Sweden under mounting international pressure

COPENHAGEN: Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is heading to the Middle East in an attempt to relaunch talks between Yemen's internationally recognized government and the country's Iran-backed Houthi militia. 

Wallstrom told Swedish Radio on Friday that she wants to "speak with as many people as possible," adding she will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan, and plans to meet officials from the United Nations.

In December, both sides signed a UN-brokered peace deal in Stockholm, Sweden under mounting international pressure. However, violence in Yemen has continued unabated since then.

Wallstrom on Friday called that deal "fragile."

She added: "I believe we have a great deal of trust with the parties and we believe that it is our responsibility to try to ensure that this agreement is implemented."

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army attacked Houthi entrenchments in Saada province, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The troops were supported by Arab coalition forces as they targeted the militia in Al-Safraa district.

The attacks destroyed Houthi weapons and shelters.

 


Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
Updated 20 min 35 sec ago

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
  • The statement said the UAE was communicating with Danish authorities “to clarify the details and cases”

COPENHAGEN: The UAE said on Friday it was in talks with Denmark after the Nordic country temporarily halted all flights arriving from the Gulf Arab state, a major travel hub, due to potentially unreliable coronavirus tests in Dubai.

Denmark’s transport ministry said the five-day travel restrictions, comes after concerns were raised about the coronavirus tests administered in Dubai before departure. It added it had taken the decision after a detailed tip-off, without elaborating.
“All accredited UAE testing centers are regularly subject to strict quality checks,” the UAE foreign ministry said, adding there are severe penalties for non-compliance with international standards to ensure the highest level of quality in testing.
The statement said the UAE was communicating with Danish authorities “to clarify the details and cases” behind the decision in order to guarantee the safety of all travelers.
Denmark earlier this month made it mandatory for travelers to show a negative test from the previous 24 hours before departure toward Denmark from all countries.
Late on Friday, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter 50 persons with COVID-19 had flown in from Dubai in January alone. 33 of those arrived after Denmark made it mandatory to test negative for COVID-19 before departure.
Several Danish celebrities, including former footballer Nicklas Bendtner, were criticized earlier this month after Danish media reported they had traveled to regional tourism hub Dubai on holiday despite the government advising against going abroad to limit the spread of the coronavirus.