ADEN, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has met with ambassadors of countries sponsoring the Gulf Initiative to resolve the crisis in Yemen.

During the meeting, they discussed recent developments in Yemen as well as the efforts being made to resume consultations between the concerned parties to stop the ongoing conflict and to reach a political solution for the crisis in accordance with the GCC initiative, the National Dialogue and Security Council Resolution No. 2216.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has also met with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in the country. GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani met with UN Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted sources in the office of Ould-Sheikh Ahmed as saying that he has introduced new proposals that included the inclusion of Al-Hudaidah situation within the security plan in Yemen as it is one of the most severely affected areas of humanitarian crisis.

He called for intensifying relief assistance to Yemenis. In an interview with the newspaper, the UN envoy mentioned several humanitarian initiatives, which are being worked on under an expanded framework which the region did not know before, as he described.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi discussed on Thursday with the UN envoy Ismail Ould Al-Sheikh Ahmed in Riyadh ways to resume peace talks with the Houthi militias.

In August 2016, UN-sponsored talks for establishing peace in Yemen collapsed without any breakthroughs.

The attempt for pushing for peace comes amid cynicism blanketing the Yemeni situation.

The UN envoy is also expected to meet with officials from the Arab Coalition to discuss ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the Saudi forces have ended a battle with Houthi militias early Thursday at the border Saudi city of Jazan near Yemen.

Al Arabiya News Channel's correspondent said that Saudi forces have foiled a big attack from the Iran-backed Houthi militias near Al-Dafina and Al-Qiran villages in Jazan.

Military sources said that the battle has continued for two hours, where at least 40 Houthis were killed including one leader.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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