ADDIS ABABA, The Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen, Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi says his country is seeking Ethiopia's support to peacefully resolve the crisis in his Gulf nation.

During his meeting with Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene here Monday, he urged Ethiopia, in collaboration with other member countries of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to continue efforts to end the war in his country.

Al-Mekhlafi, who is also Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs, praised Ethiopia for its efforts restore peace and stability in Yemen ever since it took its place on the UNSC last year as a non-permanent of the 15-nation council. He also praised Ethiopia for welcoming Yemeni refugees who fled the war in their country, says Foreign Ministry spokesperson Meles Alem.

The civil war and airstrikes by the Saudi-led multinational coalition backing the country's current president have devastated Yemen. It is estimated that more than 7,600 people have been killed and 42,000 injured since March 2015.

The conflict and a blockade imposed by the coalition have also triggered a humanitarian disaster. According to the UN, more than 21 million Yemenis, or about 80 per cent of the total population, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Hirut said Ethiopia would continue its efforts at the UNSC to bring about a peaceful and stabilized Yemen. She re-affirmed that Ethiopia would consolidate support for Yemen in its quest to achieve peace and stability in that country.

Despite the crisis in Yemen, relations between the two countries are strengthening, Hirut said.


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