Vice President discusses with Griffiths the possibility of pressuring the Houthis to release captives and abductees

Vice President discusses with Griffiths the possibility of pressuring the Houthis to release captives and abductees

Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh said the government has offered several concessions out of its interest in peace while Houthis failed to honor any (peace) initiative to demonstrate their good faith.

In a meeting with the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in the presence of Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany here on Wednesday, the Vice President said the government on its part has facilitated the WFP's access the Red Sea grain mills to make use of stored grains.

The meeting discussed the Stockholm Agreement (signed by the government and the militia in Sweden on December 13) the implementation of which has made no progress so far due to Houthi obstructions.

The Vice President said the government showed flexibility in getting the deal implemented especially the terms on Hodeidah port city which resemble a litmus paper test of the militia's seriousness about peace.

He said that the militia have been playing tricks to avoid the prisoner exchange agreement that would have by now resolved a purely humanitarian issue for thousands of families of forcibly disappeared civilians.

Griffiths arrived in the Saudi capital of Riyadh from Sanaa after a visit that lasted several days, during which the leader of the Houthi group, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, and leaders of the putschists Mahdi al-Mashat and Abdul-Salam Fulitah, Yahya el-Ra’ei and Hisham Sharaf.

Griffiths failed to persuade the Houthis and led their leaders to implement the Sweden agreement on Hodeidah, and no progress was made with regard to the file of the captives and abductees.

According to the Saba news agency” Houthis version”, Griffiths promised Abdel Malek al-Houthi, "that he will ensure his next briefing to the Security Council:" There is use of the economy as a weapon of war".

Several sources reported that the Houthis had set new conditions for the UN envoy to implement the Sweden agreement, including: the opening of the Sanaa airport permanently, the suspension of the economic measures taken by the central bank of Aden, and the facilitation by the United Nations of the sale of oil stocks on a floating vessel in RAS Issa in al-Hodeidah.


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