Saudi Crown Prince Talks about Yemen with UN Secretary General
On 29th January, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a telephone call from the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The call was made in order to deliberate the development on finding a solution for the war that is going in Yemen and other regional issues.
The four-year war in Yemen pits the Iranian-affiliated Houthi rebels against the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people through military actions and other steps.
The United Nations is hoping to secure a deal reached in December between conflicting sides to enforce a troop pull-out from the port city of Hodeidah, which is considered to be the main entry point for Yemen’s commercial as well as any form of humanitarian aid.
U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths accepted on 28th January that suggested timeline on a withdrawal from the port have slumped and demanded the conflicting parties to withdraw. According to a news agency from Saudi Arabia, the Secretary-General of the UN communicated his appreciation for the Kingdom’s support in pressing for positive results in the talks between the Yemen’s conflicting parties. However, it isn’t clear if the call involved an international inquiry headed by the UN investigator on summary executions. Agnes Callamard, has started a week-long probe in Turkey into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate. Agnes stated that Saudi Arabia hadn’t yet accepted her request to enter the kingdom’s consulate and meet Saudi authorities.