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AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s Presidential Council would renew the UN-brokered truce if the UN and its envoy to Yemen gave assurances that the Iran-backed Houthis would fully implement the terms of the truce, including an end from their headquarters in Taiz.
During a meeting in Aden on Wednesday with a number of EU ambassadors to Yemen, Rashad Al-Alimi, the chairman of the council, said the world, primarily the UN, should put more pressure on the Houthis to open roads in Taiz, pay government workers in areas under their control, release thousands of detainees and enforced disappearance civilians from their prisons, and not turn civilian installations into military sites.
The Yemeni leader said the Houthis’ reluctance to lift the siege of Taiz and their continued truce violations show they are not serious about extending the truce and alleviating the suffering of Yemenis, pointing out carry out military operations if the Houthis refuse to comply with peace efforts to end the war.
While the council maintained its desire for peaceful solutions, “it is a council of resolve and strength to deter any escalation by the Iran-backed Houthi militia,” Al-Alimi told EU envoys, according to the official press agency. SABA.
The EU ambassadors’ visit to Aden comes as international forces try as a last resort to convince the Houthis and the Yemeni government to extend the truce, which expires on Thursday.
Al-Alimi also met in Aden with new US Ambassador to Yemen Steven Fagin and US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking, who also floated the idea of renewing the truce.
Al-Alimi told US diplomats the ball was in the Houthis’ court after his government implemented all of its truce commitments, adding that 70 people have been killed by the Houthis since the start of the war. truce.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the Yemeni President to discuss the renewal of the truce, the implementation of all its components and the security situation in Yemen.
SABA reported that Al-Alimi had expressed support for UN efforts to achieve peace in Yemen and alleviate the suffering of Yemenis, stressing that his government had facilitated the resumption of commercial flights from Sanaa and food supplies. fuel to the port of Hodeidah, even as the Houthis refused to lift the siege of Taiz.
The agency said the UN chief had “promised” to push the Houthis to open roads in Taiz and create the conditions necessary to reach an agreement that would end the war.
In New York, the UN said Guterres discussed with the council president political and security developments in Yemen, the positive impact of the truce on alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the need to renew and fully implement the truce.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, held talks with Houthi and Omani officials on Tuesday to extend the truce and open roads in Taiz.
To boost the truce, a Yemenia flight carrying 78 passengers departed Houthi-controlled Sanaa airport on Wednesday bound for Cairo for the first time in six years, Houthi media reported.