U.S. Official: Washington holds talks with Houthis to find a solution to Yemen conflict

U.S. Official: Washington holds talks with Houthis to find a solution to Yemen conflict


U.S. official said Thursday that  Washington is holding talks with Houthi rebels aimed at finding a "mutually acceptable" solution to the conflict in Yemen,.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East David Schenker said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday said "Our focus is on ending the war in Yemen ... and we are in talks with the Houthis to try to find a negotiated solution to the conflict that is acceptable to both sides,"

"We are working with (UN envoy) Martin Griffiths and we are in contact with our Saudi partners," Schenker told reporters at a military base in the southern city of Al-Kharj, south of Riyadh, quoted by France-Presse.

This is the first time that a U.S. official in President Donald Trump's administration has announced talks with pro-Iranian insurgents.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the United States was preparing direct talks with the Houthis to try to end the war that has caused the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.


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