UN Envoy Arrives In Yemen To Push For Progress On Hodeidah Truce

SANAA, UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the capital Sanaa on Sunday, just days after the Yemeni warring parties built joint cease-fire observation sites, in the country's port of Hodeidah.

Martin Griffiths is set to hold talks with Houthi rebel leaders, to push forward to fully implement the deal, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

Griffiths arrived from Saudi Arabia, where he met Yemeni government officials over the past two days.

His visit to the rebel-held capital came, as the cease-fire in Hodeidah was largely holding, despite intermittent skirmishes with both sides blaming each other.

Last week, representatives of the government and its foe Houthi rebel group, established joint cease-fire observation posts and deployed liaison officers along the Hodeidah city front-lines.

Abhijit Guha, head of the UN cease-fire monitoring mission in Hodeidah, observed this process on the ground over the past week.

The process came, in accordance with UN-sponsored cease-fire agreement reached in Stockholm in Dec, 2018.

Iran-allied Houthi rebels control much of Hodeidah, while the Saudi-backed government troops have advanced to the southeastern districts.

The 2018 Stockholm Agreement was seen as the first phase towards achieving a comprehensive political solution, to end Yemen's civil war.

Source: Nam News Network