By NY Staff
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and around 400 delegates gathered in Riyadh on Sunday, with leading factions including the Islah party, Socialists and members of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s political party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), in attendance.
The Houthi fighters have boycotted the three days conference, demanding talks be held in Yemen. The rebels have long complained of marginalization and have fought six wars with the central government between 2004 and 2010.
Speaking at the conference, Hadi made a defiant attack on the Houthis, before saying he was intent on returning to Sanaa, and wanted the international community to help put an end to the fighting.
“We look forward to building a federal Yemen that never excludes any party,” he added.
While Saudi Arabia is hosting the three-day talks under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the U.N. envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, opened the summit on Sunday by calling on all parties to ensure that a shaky humanitarian cease-fire leads to a lasting truce.