Political Analysis

New UN Envoy Starts His Mission In Yemen

National Yemen

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

A new UN envoy was looking to kickstart peace talks in Yemen yesterday as battles raged between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces a month after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes.

The United Nations on Saturday confirmed Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as the new special envoy to Yemen, replacing Moroccan Jamal Benomar, who resigned last week following what diplomats described as sharp criticism of his performance by Gulf countries.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed “will work closely with the members of the United Nations Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, governments in the region and other partners, as well as the United Nations country team for Yemen,” a UN statement said.