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Oman, US discuss ways to reach political solution in Yemen

US Charge d'Affaires Tim Lenderking (L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (2L), Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) and others wait to begin a meeting at the King's desert encampment on January 5, 2014 in Rawdat al-Khuraim. Kerry rejected Israeli and Palestinian claims the US was biased as he made a whistlestop tour of allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia to woo support for his peace plan. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
US Charge d'Affaires Tim Lenderking on January 5, 2014 in Rawdat al-Khuraim [BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images]

The US' Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, arrived in Oman yesterday to discuss ways to support the Yemeni parties in order to reach a political solution, Anadolu Agency reported.

Lenderking met with the Undersecretary of the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomatic Affairs, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali Bin Isa Al-Harthi, in Muscat. No further details were given regarding the meeting.

The Sultanate of Oman has played a key role in bridging the gap in views between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, taking advantage of its good relationship with the two conflicting parties.

On 2 August, the United Nations announced that the Yemeni government and the Houthis had agreed to extend a ceasefire for an additional two month.

For more than seven years, Yemen has been witnessing a continuous war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government backed by an Arab coalition led by neighbouring Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates, including Sanaa, since September 2014.

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