Yemeni parties to start new peace talks soon

Geneva, Dec 7 (IANS) Various stakeholders in Yemen will start a new round of peace talks in Switzerland on December 15 for a series of face-to-face consultations, said UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Monday.

According to the envoy, these consultations will seek to establish a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire and secure improvements to the humanitarian situation and a return to a peaceful and orderly political transition, Xinhua news agency reported.

Only a political solution will end the crisis in Yemen,” the envoy said during a press briefing here in Geneva, adding that the only way to end the suffering of the Yemeni people and to rebuild confidence, trust, and mutual respect is through peaceful and inclusive dialogue.

Both the government of Yemen and the Shia Houthis and other relevant parties have committed to participate in the talks that will be chaired by the special envoy and attended by eight negotiators and four advisors for each delegation.

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