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'Oman to host Yemen peace talks'

October 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Omani newspaper Rai Al Youm revealed yesterday that the Gulf state is to host peace talks between warring Yemeni factions in the hope of ending the ongoing war affect its neighbour.

A source revealed that Sultan Qaboos was ready to receive the warring Yemeni parties, along with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad, Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed and a Saudi delegation supposedly led by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to work on a peace agreement.

Both sources from the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi rebels have denied the paper’s claims.

Yemen has been locked in a bitter battle between Shia Houthi fighters allied with forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, along with local tribes and resistance forces who are being backed by the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes.