UN envoy welcomes Yemeni gov't return to peace talks

KUWAIT, May 21 (KUNA) — The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged the belligerent parties in Yemen to seize the chance provided Saturday by the government decision to resume the peace talks.
“All parties need to work together for the security and stability of Yemen and double their efforts to reach a political settlement to the conflict,” he said in a statement released by his office here tonight.
Cheikh Ahmed took part in a meeting in Doha earlier this evening by Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 16th Doha Forum, at Doha Sheraton Hotel this evening.
He confirmed that President Hadi agreed during the meeting that his government delegation will resume participation in the peace talks, being hosted by Kuwait, after receiving guarantees on the applicability of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 to all parties.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the international community to help Yemen overcome the current challenging stage and reach a peaceful solution to the crisis.
“The international community offers unprecedented support to Yemen which provides a historic opportunity for the Yemenis to bring their country out of turmoil,” he underscored. Cheikh Ahmed thanked President Hadi for his cooperation with the UN, and appreciated the efforts made by Kuwait and Qatar to advance the UN-brokered talks.
The UN envoy, who met representatives of the General People’s Congress and Ansarullah movement here on Saturday morning before heading to Doha, is to be back tomorrow to resume the talks. (pickup previous) rkf.nma.gb

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