London: Riyadh and Abu Dhabi discuss peace in Yemen during a Quartet meeting

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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
Yemen.
“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.

Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule

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Demonstrators demanding a civilian power in Sudan remained strongly mobilized Wednesday, despite the transfer to the prison of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, the main target of their anger before his dismissal by the army last week.
A relative of Bashir, 75, told the press that the latter, previously held in an unknown location, had been transferred overnight in a prison north of the capital Khartoum.
Mr. Bashir saw his three decades of reign end on April 11 after four months of popular protest. He is also under two arrest warrants of the International Criminal Court, including for “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” in the province of Darfur, but his extradition remains very uncertain.
In the capital, thousands of people are still gathered for the 12th consecutive day in front of the headquarters of the army.
Launched on 19 December to protest against the tripling of the price of bread in the middle of the economic slump, the demonstrations quickly turned into a protest against Mr. Bashir.
Today, protesters demand the dissolution of the Transitional Military Council that succeeded Mr. Bashir and the establishment of civilian power.
At least 65 people have died since the start of the dispute, according to an official report.
Doctors, journalists, and students joined the sit-in on Wednesday.
Like many women – doctors, teachers, and lawyers – calling themselves “the information network of the revolution”.
Regarding the fate of Omar al-Bashir, targeted by arrest warrants of the ICC, the military initially said he would refuse to extradite him. Then a member of the Military Council, General Jalaluddin Sheikh said the decision would be “taken by an elected government and not by the Military Council”.
For Amnesty International, Omar al-Bashir “must be immediately handed over to the ICC”.
Abroad, the United States has indicated its willingness to remove Sudan from its list of countries accused of supporting “terrorism” if the military council initiates a “fundamental change” in governance.