The Yemen Foreign Minister Riyad Yaseen on Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yaseen said the Saudi-led military operations against Houthi militia backed by Saleh had not ended.
“These calls are unacceptable after all of the destruction Ali Abdullah Saleh has caused. There can be no place for Saleh in any future political talks,” Yaseen told a news conference in London.
Saleh, whose loyalists have been fighting alongside Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who toppled the central government, on Friday called on all Yemenis to return to political dialogue to find a way to end the country’s spiraling conflict.
Yaseen was speaking after air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since the Saudi-led alliance intervened last month.