British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hosted a meeting on Yemen in London on Friday, attended by representatives from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the next steps in
the UN-led peace process and how best to support the efforts of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and David Chatterfield representing the United States.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “I called for this meeting to continue to do everything in our power to make progress on the difficult path towards peace in
“This is a terrible conflict and the cease-fire agreed upon by the parties in Stockholm seems to take a long time to turn into a sustainable path towards peace,” Hunt said.
While we very much welcome the parties’ recent agreement on the United Nations plan on the first phase of redeployment in Hodeidah, it took two months since the initial agreement was reached in Stockholm – much longer than we all hoped.
“The United Kingdom remains steadfast in its position on the lack of a military solution to the conflict, the two parties must maintain and implement the Stockholm commitments quickly,” he said.
Yemen’s ambassador to London, Dr Yassin Said Numan, said the Quartet, composed of the United States, the United Kingdom,
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would meet in the British capital later on to face new proposals on the situation in Yemen.
In a statement published on his Facebook page, Ambassador Norman said that in conjunction with the meeting, the UN Security Council convened a special session to discuss the developments in Yemen, during which he heard a briefing from the UN envoy on the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.
The Ambassador of Yemen to Britain said that the Quartet in London had chosen to hold a meeting at this time, in which the intensity of military confrontations with the Huthi militias is accelerated along the strip extending from Yafi and BAYDAA in the east to Dhala and Almsimir and Baha West, in an open defiance of the Huthi militias backed by Iran for international peace efforts.
Dr. Noman said that the confrontations launched by the Houthis in the face of peace and rejection of the Stockholm agreement came in response to an Iranian demand to move the hotbeds of engagement in the region and continue chaos after the US decision to escalate the ban on Iranian exports, including the threat of an environmental disaster in the Red Sea by the Houthis.