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UN Envoy Hails ‘Tireless’ Saudi Efforts to Restore Calm in Southern Yemen

UN Envoy Hails ‘Tireless’ Saudi Efforts to Restore Calm in Southern Yemen

Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 - 09:15
United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. (Reuters)
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Saudi Deputy Prime Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman held talks on Monday with United Nations envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Jeddah.

In a tweet, the envoy hailed the “tireless” efforts exerted by Prince Khalid in restoring calm in southern Yemen.

“Tireless role under Khalid bin Salman' leadership to restore order and stability in south Yemen. We agreed on the need for continuous dialogue,” he said.

Later, Griffiths warned that fragmentation of Yemen "is becoming a stronger and more pressing threat" making peace efforts that have been frustratingly slow more urgent than ever.

He told the UN Security Council Tuesday that the world cannot underestimate the risks that recent military action in southern Aden "pose for the future of the country."

"There is no time to lose," Griffiths said by video from Amman. "The stakes are becoming too high for the future of Yemen, the Yemeni people and the wider region."

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