21-09-2021 03:03 AM Jerusalem Timing

Saudi-backed Team Says Leaving Yemen’s Peace Talks

Saudi-backed Team Says Leaving Yemen’s Peace Talks

The Saudi-backed delegation to Yemen’s UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait said it will leave on Saturday, signaling the collapse of four months of UN-brokered negotiations with Ansarullah movement.

TalksThe Saudi-backed delegation to Yemen's UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait said it will leave on Saturday, signaling the collapse of four months of UN-brokered negotiations with Ansarullah movement.

"Today (Friday), we are holding some farewell meetings... and the delegation will leave on Saturday," delegation spokesman Mohammad al-Emrani told AFP.

"There can be no more talks after the new coup," he claimed referring to the national parties' formation of a supreme political council to run war-torn Yemen.

Ansarullah movement and the General People's Congress of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday jointly announced setting up the 10-member council.

A UN spokesman in Kuwait, however, said the envoy of the international organization Ould Cheikh Ahmed was scheduled to meet with the delegation of the national parties later on Friday and with ambassadors of the 18 countries backing the peace process in Yemen.

Indirect negotiations held in Kuwait since April have failed to make headway.

More than 6,400 people have been killed in Yemen since March 26, 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition started striking Yemen.

Another 2.8 million people have been displaced and more than 80 percent of the population urgently needs humanitarian aid, according to UN figures.