U.N. ENVOY VISITS YEMEN’S SANAA TO REVIVE STALLED PEACE TALKS

SANAA, Yemen - UN special envoy, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Yemen's Sanaa on Saturday, in striving for resumption of stalled peace talks, after three previous efforts produced no results.

Griffiths was set to meet dominant Shiite Houthi leaders and members of the party of slain ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by then, his Houthi ally, last Dec.

Griffiths' visit, aimed at bringing the Houthis to the negotiating table, after the peace process between the battling forces has stalled, since Aug, 2016.

Last week, Griffiths met with Yemeni President, Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where they discussed ways to resume the UN-brokered peace negotiations, between the internationally-recognised government and the Houthi rebels.

Griffiths succeeded recently, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Feb.

Three previous peace talks sponsored by the United Nations and hosted in Kuwait and Switzerland in 2016, had failed to end the war.

Earlier this month, the Houthis said, they had secret talks with the Saudi side, since two months ago, to end the three-year war. However, the Saudi government denied the report.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK