Foreign Minister renews Yemeni government's rejection of any peace consultations with Houthis before implementing the Hodeidah agreement

Foreign Minister renews Yemeni government's rejection of any peace consultations with Houthis before implementing the Hodeidah agreement


Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hadrami reiterated the Yemeni government's refusal to go to any new peace consultations with Houthi militias before implementing the Stockholm agreement on Hodeidah.

He made the announcement during a meeting Monday with Swedish special envoy to Yemen, Ambassador Peter Simenbi, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

Al-Hadhrami said that the implementation of the Swedish agreement "has been delayed considerably due to the continued intransigence of the coup d'état militias and their repeated refusal to respect and implement what they have agreed to before the world."

He stressed that going to new consultations without implementing the Hodeidah agreement will encourage the Houthi militia not to implement any future agreements.

The Minister reiterated the government's support for the efforts of UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy in Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to reach a comprehensive and sustainable solution in accordance with the three agreed terms, praising Sweden's role in supporting Yemen.

In December 2018, Sweden hosted peace consultations between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, and the parties, under the auspices of the United Nations and international pressure, reached agreements on Hodeidah and its ports, prisoners and abductees and the Siege of Taiz.

U.N. efforts to implement the Hodeidah Agreement have stalled, and the agreement has remained a dead letter, before making partial progress in the past two days by deploying joint monitoring points to monitor the lull and the fragile ceasefire in Hodeidah.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths is seeking to launch new peace consultations to reach a lasting peace agreement in Yemen, and not to wait for the implementation of the Sweden Agreement on Hodeidah, which the United Nations and the parties to the conflict consider to be a temporary agreement for humanitarian reasons.

On Thursday, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, through their permanent mission to the UN Security Council, reiterated their support for the UN envoy's vision to move towards new peace consultations and to work on a comprehensive agreement in Yemen in parallel with the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement.


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