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Kuwait ready to commence Yemen peace talks

Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on 14 September 2017 [Ali Balıkçı/Anadolu Agency]

Kuwait is ready to host parties to the Yemen civil war to sign a final peace agreement, Kuwait’s news agency KUNA reported.

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, representatives of the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah and Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah said: “We express out readiness again to receive our Yemeni brothers to sign a final agreement once they conclude it.”

Kuwait has previously hosted a United Nations initiated negotiation for the Yemen civil war in 2016 to finalise a peace agreement, but failed to succeed.

Today marks three years since the Ansar Allah armed group – otherwise known as the Houthis – took control of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. Led by Abdul Malik Al-Houthi the group surrounded the home of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and forced him to resign. The Houthis continue to control Sana’a today.

Yemen’s civil war intensified in March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition executed air raids in the country in an apparent effort to return power to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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