Yemeni gov't departure from Kuwait not abondoning of talks – UN envoy

UN Special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad
UN Special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad

KUWAIT, Aug 1 (KUNA) — UN Special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad said Monday the Yemeni government delegation’s departure from Kuwait after signing a UN draft peace agreement “is not a departure from the peace talks.” Confirming that the delegation left Kuwait for Saudi Arabia after signing the agreement, Ahmad asserted that that “the departure of the Government of Yemen delegation from Kuwait is not a departure from the Peace Talks.” He said that “we agreed with the parties to keep the talks ongoing until we agree on next steps in the coming days which shall be dedicated to intensive meetings with the Ansarallah-General People’s Congress delegation, as well as with concerned members of the international community.” Yemeni Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Abdulmalek Al-Mekhlafi said earlier 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 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.
He further 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.
“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)