Yemeni Deputy PM affirms peace talks still ongoing

Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdelmalak Al-Mekhlafi
Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdelmalak Al-Mekhlafi

KUWAIT, Aug 1 (KUNA) — Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdelmalak Al-Mekhlafi said on Monday that the Kuwait-hosted inter-Yemeni consultations have neither been suspended or ended, affirming that they would conclude as scheduled, on August 7th.
Speaking at a news conference at Kuwait International Airport, Al-Mekhlafi said the government’s delegation would return to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, after signing the draft accord forwarded by the United Nations (UN) to resolve the Yemeni crisis.
Moreover, Al-Mekhlafi called on Ansarullah and the People’s Congress party to sign the blueprint to substatntiate how much they are serious with respect of achieving peace and security in Yemen, as well as ending the war through arms handver, withdrawal from the cities and reinstating the State institutions.
Further, he noted that the government’s delegation’s return to Kuwait to resume the peace consultatoins hinges on the opposing party’s signing of the concord, presented by the UN envoy Ismail Ould Al-Cheikh Ahmed.
“We are adamant about restoring peace to Yemen, which explains why we have agreed to this UN agreement,” Al-Mekhlafi noted. He also added that the government’s delegation encountered various difficulties due to the opposing sides’ “capricious” nature.
Speaking on the future of these talks, the Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister said “we have made progress towards finding a lasting solution to the conflict,” he said. He also desribed the draft accord as encompassing all political issues. (pickup previous) am.rk.nam