UN Envoy Informs Yemen FM of Plan to Release Prisoners

UN Envoy Informs Yemen FM of Plan to Release Prisoners

Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 19:30
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani. (Reuters)
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths held talks in Riyadh on Monday with Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani on the details of his plan to release prisoners from militia-run, government sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Yamani said that his government was dealing positively with the envoy’s call to end the suffering of the Yemeni people, adding however that its efforts were being obstructed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

He stressed that the international community must exert more pressure on the militias to make them accept peace.

Moreover, he revealed that the legitimate government was working at all institutions in the temporary capital Aden in order to improve the people’s lives and provide them with better services.

He also underlined the importance of the international community backing these efforts and consolidating the progress that it has made in this regard.

In addition, Yamani dismissed the western fears over the ongoing battles to liberate the coastal Hodeidah province from the Houthis.

“The military operations are moving ahead steadily and carefully to safeguard civilian lives,” he stressed.

For his part, Griffiths detailed to the minister the progress made in reaching an agreement to release all detainees held in Houthi-run prisons, reported Yemen’s Saba news agency.

Yamani had also held talks on Monday with US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Toler and French Ambassador Christian Testot, said official Yemeni sources.

Observers said that these western diplomatic efforts are aimed at receiving assurances from the legitimate forces over the Hodeidah operation.

Saba reported that Yamani and Toler discussed efforts to restore security and stability in regions that have been liberated from the Houthis, as well as Griffiths’ efforts to hold a new round of consultations with the warring parties before the end of the year.

The last round of consultations was held in Geneva in September. They failed after the Houthis did not attend the talks.

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