ADEN, Yemen- The United Nations' special envoy for Yemen, arrived Tuesday, in the southern port city of Aden, to discuss ongoing peace efforts with President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
In his second trip to Aden, Martin Griffiths will meet with President Hadi and his government officials, in an attempt to prevent an all-out assault on the crucial port city of Hodeidah.
A government official said that, Griffiths will brief Hadi "on his latest peace efforts and the results of his meetings with Houthi leaders in Sanaa."
Yemen's internationally-backed President Hadi, received the UN envoy in Aden, and insisted on full withdrawal of the Houthi rebels, from the strategic port city of Hodeidah, as a condition of a UN-brokered peace deal.
On July 4, Griffiths left the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, after his meeting with Houthi leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi. Griffiths said the discussion was "fruitful." On Jun 13, the Saudi-led Arab coalition, backing internationally-recognised government of Hadi, declared a major assault, to recapture Hodeidah and Yemeni's western Red Sea coast from the Houthis.
The Yemeni government and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly accused Houthis of using the port to smuggle in Iranian weapons. Both Houthis and Iran have denied the accusation. Humanitarian agencies have warned of any attack on the port, saying it would lead to the world's biggest humanitarian catastrophe in modern history.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK