Yemeni deputy prime minister says contacts with Gulf states, int’l community to continue

National Yemen
Written by Staff

KUWAIT — ­ Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al Mekhlafi on Saturday said contacts with Kuwait, other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the international community will continue in order to back the efforts being made by the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to arrive at permanent peace in Yemen.

The Yemeni official news agency said Al Mekhlafi, who headed the Yemeni government delegation at the peace consultations in Kuwait, was speaking during a meeting with the Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister, Khaled Suleiman Al Jarallah, to thank Kuwait for hosting the intra-Yemeni talks over the past three months.

Earlier, Al Mekhlafi took to Twitter to express regret that the UN-sponsored peace consultations have ended in Kuwait without achieving the peace that the Yemeni people aspire to.

He accused the rebel Houthi group and their ally, the General People’s Congress, led by the now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, of blocking the consultations in Kuwait and continuing the war.

Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister, in turn, said his country was looking forward to a peace that would restore security and stability to Yemen.