BY ABDUL HADI HABTOOR
Riyadh, Washington-Efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis are expected to witness a wide range of activities next week, starting in the city of Jeddah, on the Red Sea coastline, and ending in New York.
Saudi sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that a meeting of the quadruple committee (Saudi Arabia, Emirates, U.S., Britain) will be held in Jeddah next Thursday, preceded by another Gulf-U.S.-British meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Yemeni file.
According to the sources, the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in addition to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Boris Johnson, would attend the talks on Yemen.
The sources added the meeting will also be attended by U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who arrived last week in Saudi Arabia where he held a series of meetings with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the prime minister.
A Yemeni minister speaking on conditions of anonymity told Asharq Al-Awsat that the issue of the Yemeni Central Bank will be at the table of discussions, in addition to the latest political developments which include talks on a solution to the Yemeni crisis particularly following the latest government decision to stop dealing with the bank.
Kerry will arrive in Saudi Arabia next Wednesday on a two-day visit to meet with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir and a number of Saudi officials.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Asharq Al-Awsat that Kerry would also discuss the Syrian file and the counter-terrorist efforts in Iraq and Syria.
In New York, the U.N. Security Council is expected to hold a closed meeting on Yemen during which U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present a special report on Resolution 2201 and the latest developments in the country.
Meanwhile, Chargé d’Affaires of the Russian Embassy in Yemen Oleg Dremov told Asharq Al-Awsat that the presence of Russian military frigates in the Gulf of Aden was part of routine works conducted by the Russian navy to obstruct piracy in the Horn of African region, denying it had any links to the ongoing events in Yemen.
On the battlefield, Yemeni forces announced they had completely cleansed the strategic Han Mountain in the western part of Taiz province, a development, which would partially break the siege of the province imposed by rebel militias.