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European delegation visits Sanaa to discuss the Yemeni crisis with the Houthis

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Sunday, a European delegation started a visit to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, to discuss developments in the country, with the leadership of the Houthi group.

This came in a statement issued by the European Union, Anatolia obtained a copy.

The statement said, “The Ambassador of the European Union to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, started with the Ambassador of France, Christian Testo, and the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Irma Van Doorn, a visit to Sana’a within the continuous communication of the European Union with the Yemeni parties, to encourage them to reach a comprehensive political settlement.”

The statement indicated that the European Union seeks to “encourage the ongoing efforts to reduce escalation and resume political talks between the Yemeni parties under the auspices of the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.”

The statement pointed out that “this visit comes after the talks that took place last week in Aden with the Yemeni government and other major parties to implement the Riyadh agreement.”

According to the statement, “The ambassadors will call for unimpeded humanitarian access, improve the working environment for humanitarian actors, respect human rights, improve the living conditions of Yemeni citizens in various parts of the country, and discuss economic, developmental, environmental and cultural matters.”

With American support that goes beyond the political cover, an Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, has been implementing military operations in Yemen since 2015 in support of pro-government forces, in the face of the Houthis, who have controlled provinces including the capital, Sanaa, in the south of the kingdom since 2014.

The United Nations has been making faltering efforts to find a political solution to end this 5-year-old war.

The war left more than 70,000 victims dead and wounded, and made eight out of ten Yemenis in need of humanitarian aid, according to the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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