Yemen rivals have ‘strong desire’ for peace: UN envoy

United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said on Wednesday that the country’s warring parties have expressed their strong desire to achieve peace.

I am reassured by the messages I have received, which have been positive and constructive. All parties have not only underscored their strong desire for peace but have also engaged with me on concrete ideas for achieving peace, Griffiths said after a three-day visit to the Houthi militia-held capital Sana’a, adding that he will continue talks with the parties in the coming days.

The UN envoy said he had a fruitful discussion with rebel leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi in Sana’a, and expressed hopes of meeting soon with President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in a follow-up to talks held last week which he described as positive.

I look forward to working with all the parties urgently to find a solution first that will restore security and stability in (Hodeida) but also create positive conditions for a rapid and urgent restart of political negotiations in the coming days, Griffths said, referring to the battle for the key port city.

On Thursday, the special envoy briefed a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council.

Source: International Islamic News Agency