A Yemeni official said, on Tuesday, that Saudi Arabia cannot be a mediator in the Yemen war, referring to reports of an initiative by Persian Gulf countries to hold consultations in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Mohamed Ali Al-Houthi, head of the Yemenis Ansarallah Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said, “Riyadh is a party in the war, not a mediator.”
On Tuesday morning, Reuters quoted two officials from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) as saying that the council was considering inviting Ansarallah to talks in Riyadh this month.
The officials said the invitation would be to discuss the political, economic, and military dimensions of the war between Yemen and the Saudi coalition
The talks are scheduled for March 29 to April 7.
Last week, the UN special envoy arrived in Yemen to prepare for talks with the Yemeni side. These negotiations are conducted in order to create a framework for comprehensive political negotiations.
Last year, UN and US efforts for a ceasefire in Yemen failed and violence escalated.
The outbreak of war by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen has so far killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of Yemenis, destroying over 85 percent of the country’s infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia, with the support of the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and several other countries, invaded Yemen in March 2015. The outbreak of war by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen has so far killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of Yemenis.