19-01-2020 11:42 AM Jerusalem Timing

Saudi in Secret Talks with Yemen’s Houthis: Report

Saudi in Secret Talks with Yemen’s Houthis: Report

Saudi Arabia has held direct secret talks with Yemen’s Houthis and agreed to more negotiations in the Jordanian capital, A London-based newspaper, Rai al-Youm, reported.

Saudi Arabia has held direct secret talks with Yemen’s Houthis and agreed to more negotiations in the Jordanian capital, A London-based newspaper, Rai al-Youm, reported.

The newspaper, edited by prominent Palestinian journalist Abdul Bari Atwan, said on Tuesday that the two sides may hold their next negotiations in a week.Yemen strike

UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has informed the United Nations' under-secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman of the talks in a secret letter, the daily said, noting that it had received a copy of the letter.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reportedly supervises the talks which have excluded Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the report said.

Hadi has resigned as president but Saudi Arabia has been since March 2015, carrying out attacks on Yemen from the air, ground and sea for a year now to restore him to power.

The alleged negotiations suggest Riyadh's submission to Houthi demands. The group has maintained that any talks must be held with the Saudis as their main adversary in the war, and not with Hadi.