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Talk with MBS, Hadi helped reach Hodeidah ceasefire: Guterres

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he felt his talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi helped to reach a ceasefire agreement in the province of Hodeidah.

A UN spokesman told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday that Guterres felt that the Crown Prince's contribution "was very important to the outcome of the consultations" and Hadi "played a positive role."

Guterres also thanked people outside and within the region who had tried to encourage the parties to make progress in the talks in Sweden, believing that it had played a major role in reaching an agreement Thursday.

Martin Griffith, the special envoy to Yemen who led the talks, and the UN's top humanitarian official, Mark Lockock, will brief the Security Council on Friday on the outcome of the talks, he said.

He also mentioned that certain points of the agreement, including the UN monitoring of the port of Hodeidah, "may need the approval of the Security Council", which requires a new resolution.