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ROME, Italy, Italy and Saudi Arabia, supported endeavours by Kuwait, to solve the Yemeni conflict, on the basis of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's letter to Iranian leaders.

Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, at a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, hoped efforts exerted by Kuwait would trigger resumption of negotiations between Yemeni parties, on the basis of UN resolution 2216, GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and outcome of the national dialogue.

Al-Jubeir, answering a question by KUNA, on diplomatic efforts by Kuwait, said, there were attempts to reach an agreement, but all these bids were rejected by the Houthis.

He hoped the Houthis would "show wisdom and acknowledge impossibility of the occupation of Yemen and formation of militias, outside the government's authority.

Al-Jubeir said, the Houthis should be equally engaged in the political process, like all other forces "without special privileges." The Saudi top diplomat said, the GCC hoped the negotiations, which were held in Kuwait last year, would resume, in order to end the war and fighting in Yemen.

On Iran, Al-Jubeir said, "Iran must chose, either be a revolution, which does not know national boundaries, or a national state, with which we can talk." Alfano, for his part, appreciated endeavours of Kuwait and the other GCC countries, to defuse tension in the region.

He said, the Amir of Kuwait's letter to Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, to launch dialogue on behalf of the GCC, was a positive step.

This "positive" initiative of the Amir is based on common principles, like good neighbourliness, non-interference in internal affairs, and respect of sovereignty of neighbouring countries, said Alfano. Italy, he added, "supported the initiative" by the State of Kuwait.


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