Both the warring sides of Yemen have finally agreed to peace talks. UN envoy to Yemen has stated that representatives from Houthi rebels and the government in Yemen have shown resolve to work towards a political solution to the war which has rendered the population homeless and hungry.
Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy said, “ I have received firm assurances from the leadership of the Yemeni parties-the government of Yemen, of course, first, and the Houthis-that they are committed to attending these consultations. I expect them to appear for those consultations and indeed, so do the Yemeni people, who are desperate for a political solution to a war in which they are the main victims.”
Griffith will also travel to the capital Sanaa to finalise the travel arrangements and even offered to travel with the Houthi delegation to Sweden. No date has been decided for the said talks.
Many countries have called for a complete stoppage to hostilities as the main sufferers are the people of the nation.
Pro-government forces had suspended a major offensive on Hodeidah earlier in the week. Hodeidah is a major port and is considered as the primary point of entry for humanitarian aid to the country. UN has put forth plans to take over the port to allay the concerns of the pro-governmental forces that the rebels are using the port for smuggling weapons.
People of Yemen have been appealing to the international community to mediate and broker a peace deal.