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.