Griffith is visiting Washington to discuss the situation in Yemen
The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, announced Tuesday that he is visiting Washington to discuss the situation in Yemen.
“He is in Washington for two days, meeting with US officials to discuss the situation in Yemen,” Griffith’s office said in a tweet through his Twitter account.
“Griffith relies on the support of the United States of America, to push forward the peace process and put an end to the conflict in Yemen,” he said.
The UN envoy’s visit comes as part of a tour to push forward the faltering peace process in Yemen. Griffith’s tour included Moscow, the United Arab Emirates, and Muscat, where he met with leaders of the Houthis.
During his visit, Griffith discussed the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement signed several months ago between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, focusing on the ports of Hodeidah (west).
On December 13, 2018, the Yemeni government and the Houthis, following consultations in the Swedish capital Stockholm, reached an agreement on resolving the situation in the coastal province of Hodeidah (west), in addition to the exchange of prisoners and detainees on both sides, more than 15,000.
The implementation of the agreement is hampered by a discrepancy between the signatories in interpreting a number of its clauses.
For the fifth year in a row, Yemen is witnessing a war between pro-government forces and Houthi militias backed by Iran and controlling many provinces, including the capital Sanaa since September 2014.