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UN Yemen envoy makes first visit to Iran to push for peace

The journey comes simply days after President Joe Biden introduced that the US will finish its assist, together with some arms gross sales, of the Saudi-led coalition’s warfare in opposition to the Houthis.

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PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 06:33 PM IST



The United Nations particular envoy for Yemen arrived on his first visit to Iran Sunday for talks on the grinding warfare within the Arab world’s poorest nation, Iranian state TV reported.

Martin Griffiths was set to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and different officers throughout his two-day visit, his office stated. The classes are a part of a broader effort to negotiate a political answer to the practically six-year battle pitting Iran-allied Houthi rebels in opposition to Yemeni authorities forces supported by a Saudi-led army coalition.

The journey comes simply days after President Joe Biden introduced that the US will finish its assist, together with some arms gross sales, of the Saudi-led coalition’s warfare in opposition to the Houthis. The long-awaited transfer refocused a highlight on the world’s worst humanitarian disaster and was welcomed by many Yemenis and assist teams that hope the coverage change would possibly add to momentum for peace talks.

Griffiths’ “immediate priority” in Tehran is to push a nationwide ceasefire, pressing humanitarian measures and the resumption of the political course of, his office added. Those objectives repeatedly have proved elusive over years of ruinous warfare which have left the nation deeply divided. The visit was deliberate lengthy earlier than Biden’s announcement, Griffiths’ spokeswoman Ismini Palla stated.

The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and far of the nation’s north in 2014. Saudi Arabia, together with the United Arab Emirates and different international locations, launched a bombing marketing campaign to expel the Houthis and restore the internationally acknowledged authorities months later.

Iran, seeing a possibility to assist a warfare of attrition in opposition to rival Saudi Arabia, has supplied the Houthis with army and political assist, in accordance to Arab international locations, the West and United Nations consultants. Tehran lengthy has denied the allegations, regardless of proof to the opposite.

The warfare has killed some 130,000 folks, together with over 13,000 civilians slain in focused assaults, in accordance to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Project, and pushed tens of millions to the brink of famine.

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