Yamani to Asharq Al-Awsat: Griffiths Praised Coalition’s Support for the Success of Geneva Talks

Yamani to Asharq Al-Awsat: Griffiths Praised Coalition’s Support for the Success of Geneva Talks

Saturday, 8 September, 2018 - 10:00
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani (Reuters)
Jeddah- Saeed al-Abyad
Yemen’s foreign minister and head of the government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Khaled al-Yamani, discussed in a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat the peace talks in Geneva.

“We held a series of meetings with the UN envoy and his working group on many issues that focused on alleviating the Yemeni people’s suffering, however, we are faced with the intransigence of the other side,” Yamani said in reference to the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

As for the continued rejection of the militias to participate in the Geneva talks, he noted: “The government delegation decided to stay in Geneva to confirm our solidarity and support for the efforts of the special envoy. The aim was to exert more pressure with all of our partners and the active states in the UN Security Council, in addition to the group of 19 countries sponsoring the peace process, to push the militants to join the round of consultations.”

Yamani stressed that the special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has praised the cooperation of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in all logistical measures and all the efforts it exerted towards the Houthis to encourage them to participate in the consultations.

He noted in this regard that his country would neither accept any excuses nor would it make any concessions that affect the safety and security of the Yemeni people, stressing that the other side should come to the table of consultations to discuss the issues of confidence-building measures.

“It is sad and shameful that millions of Yemenis suffer, while a group manipulates and uses futile excuses to prolong this conflict and refuses to engage in any effort even when it is called confidence-building measures,” Yamani affirmed.

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