British foreign secretary welcomes Yemen talks in Kuwait


“The choice is yours”.

P eace talks between Yemen’s warring parties resumed in Kuwait on Thursday night after an initial delay put their chances for success in doubt.

The accident occurred inside the Carmel Tunnels highway, a set of road tunnels outside the coastal city of Haifa, when a bus full of passengers traveling northbound crashed with a truck, the police said.

They discussed a more permanent ceasefire in Yemen and how it would be implemented, he said.

Coalition-backed forces have driven militants out of Aden, the southern city declared by Hadi as the country’s temporary capital after Shiite Huthi rebels stormed Sanaa in September 2014.

Dozens killed as government forces battle al-Qaeda fighters.

Negotiations in Kuwait opened late on April 21 after the delayed arrival of representatives of the Houthi rebels and allied forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saturday’s clashes at al-Koud near Zinjibar in the southern Abyan Province were between AQAP and army forces of Yemen’s internationally recognised government backed by local militias, referred to locally as the Popular Resistance.

A third day of UN-brokered peace negotiations in Kuwait between the Yemeni government and rebels wound up Saturday without progress, sources close to the talks said, APA reports quoting the Associated Press.

“There was a consensus on strengthening the cease-fire and the two sides were committed to the need to achieve peace and that this is the last opportunity”, he said.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the rebels complained of continuing air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition while the government side complained of continued ceasefire violations by the rebels.

Ceasefire documents shown to Reuters by a Saudi-led coalition supporting the government showed agreements for each of Yemen’s provinces where fighting was taking place signed by representatives of each side, who had formed committees to monitor the truce.

They later changed their mind and made a decision to join the negotiations after mediation from Gulf and western countries.

The conflict has stoked tensions between Sunni heavyweight Saudi Arabia and its Shiite rival Iran, which has been accused of smuggling weapons to the rebels.

There have been previous attempts at peace talks.

Diplomats say rebels are demanding an end of coalition operations and a naval blockade on Yemen.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the peace talks will focus on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2216, which recognized Hadi and demanded the Houthis to hand over cities and surrender arms.


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