Lavrov: Parties in Yemen should go over from military action to talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Moscow expects all parties to the Yemeni conflict to go over from combat actions to negotiations and a political settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said as quoted by Tass news agency on Monday.

"The situation in Yemen did not get any better. On the contrary, there are additional questions, which I hope we will discuss in detail today," Lavrov said at a meeting with his Yemeni counterpart Abdulmalik al Mekhlafi.

"The problems that have emerged are related to the internal political conflict in your country involving the Arab coalition," Lavrov said. "We do hope that an extremely difficult humanitarian situation will prompt everyone whom it depends on to promptly go over from military action to negotiations, to a political settlement involving all Yemeni forces."

Yemen has been a scene of armed confrontation between government forces and Houthis since August 2014. The hostilities peaked after a Saudi Arabia-led coalition was launched in March 2015.

The situation deteriorated dramatically on December 2 after Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh announced termination of partnership with Houthi rebels. Two days later Saleh was killed by the Houthis. 

Last Modified: 01 22 2018 08:51 PM

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