After A Three Day Visit to Yemen UN Envoy Leaves the Country

March 1, 2019

Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy for Yemen left Sanaa on Thursday after a three-day visit to Yemen, during which he carried out intensive discussions with Houthi rebel leaders.
A source at Sanaa International Airport told reporters that UN special envoy for Yemen Griffiths left the nation without making any press statements.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the UN envoy had left Yemen for the Jordanian capital, where his office is situated.

Griffiths reached Sanaa on Tuesday (26th February) in order to discuss with Houthi leaders about enforcement of an UN-backed truce in Yemen’s coastal Al-Hudaydah or Hodeidah province.
While in Yemen, Griffiths also met with Denmark’s Michael Lollesgaard, head of a UN observer force based in Al-Hudaydah or Hodeidah.

In December, the Houthis and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government admitted to pull out all of their aggressors from the coastal province by 7th Januay.

Although the deadline was missed, Griffiths has stated that the conflicting parties both remain “devoted” to enforce the term of the agreement.

Yemen has been plagued by violence and disorder since 2014, when Houthi rebels invaded much of the nation, which includes Sanaa.

The crisis heightened in 2015 when a Saudi-led military allied group initiated a destructive air campaign direct at annuling Houthi’s territorial gains.

Since the crisis, thousands of Yemenis, which includes many civilians, are supposed to have been killed in the battle.

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