He denied that there were plans for his country to divide Yemen. U.S. Ambassador expects negotiations to continue for several years

He denied that there were plans for his country to divide Yemen. U.S. Ambassador expects negotiations to continue for several years


The US ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Toller, has denied any plans for his country to divide Yemen sectarian or provide autonomous areas on ethnic or ideological grounds.

He added that his country would feel "disappointed" if it did not realize its desire to see the beginning of the end of the Yemeni crisis and start a round of negotiations within 30 days.

During a speech at the Manama Dialogue Conference in late October, the US Defense secretary said that one of the parameters of the solution in Yemen was the existence of a self-governing region for the Houthis.

Last Thursday, the United Nations announced the postponement of the peace talks scheduled for the end of November, between the parties to the Yemeni crisis, until later this year.

In an interview with the newspaper "Middle East ", Toler expressed optimism that there are future negotiations on the horizon, but added that the negotiations "may take many years."

Tuller urged the Houthis to "political maturity", which enables them to see how the other side thinks, and thus seek common ground that may bring both sides together.

The U.S. ambassador showed full confidence and support for UN envoy Martin Griffiths, who said: He was able to win the confidence of all parties and has extensive experience in mediating.

He said he was confident that the United Nations would create a mechanism through which to build confidence between the parties and thus withdraw weapons from the various parties.

Yemen needs a government to improve the economic situation, stabilize the national currency exchange and meet the needs, Tuller said. Stressing that his country will support the government in meeting these needs, "those who support the Houthis will therefore realize that their interests lie with that government."

About the spread of al-Qaeda and ISIS, Tuller said the Houthis had been involved in strengthening al-Qaeda and extremist groups, and had raised the level of administrative corruption when they kidnapped and destroyed state institutions.

"The interests of the United States are linked to a unified and stable Yemen," Tuller said, expressing his country's vision of resolving the southern issue.

He added that there must be a strong government to deal with the affairs of Yemenis with their families before dealing with the southern issue.


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