Foreign Minister: No New Talks before Implementation of Sweden Deal

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Asharq Al-Awsat

The legitimate government of Yemen will not launch a new round of consultations with United Nations special envoy Marin Griffiths before the Iran-backed Houthi militias fulfill their commitments to the Sweden deal, declared Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yemany.

The government will not kick off new consultations before the deal is implemented, he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The agreement, reached in Stockholm in December 2018, calls on the Houthi militias to withdraw from the city of Hodeidah and its three ports and hand over control to the local authorities.

“The government has given its all to reach a political solution, but the militias have not heeded all of these international efforts. Any upcoming meetings will, therefore, be suspended until the militias withdraw all of their fighters, members and advisors from Hodeidah,” Yemany continued.

The UN envoy and government are keen on implementing the Stockholm deal, he stressed.

Addressing Houthi pledges that they will withdraw in a short time, the minister noted that those are just claims and nothing has materialized on the ground.

He explained that the Houthi militias believe that they can deceive the international community, so they are stalling in implementing the Sweden deal. Such acts are futile because the truce will ultimately force them to quit Hodeidah. There can be no shirking this obligation.

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