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U.N. Secretary-General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to the media after the Yemen peace talks in Switzerland in Bern December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
U.N. Secretary-General Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to the media after the Yemen peace talks in Switzerland in Bern December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
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According to the source, UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Oman’s capital of Muscat on Saturday.

The UN-brokered talks to end the Yemeni conflict started in Kuwait in April and ended in early August, with the government and Houthi rebels failing to come to an agreement. As the talks wrapped up, the Houthi delegation flew to Oman for consultation with local authorities. From there, they tried to return to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, but failed over the government ban.

A week ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States and the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Britain have agreed on a new plan to resolving the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The newly-agreed approach will include prompt establishment of a new unity government in Yemen and the transfer of arms to a third party.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition force. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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