After skipping Geneva talks, Yemen’s Houthis set conditions for second meeting

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The UN’s envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in Sanaa on Sunday in an attempt to revive peace talks, after the Houthi militias refused to attend the much-anticipated Geneva peace that the envoy had brokered between them and the Yemeni government.

The Houthis’ conditions, however, do not hint that there will be any political solutions reached soon as prior to meeting with Griffiths, they have demanded cashing the wages of all state employees in all provinces, and reopening the Sanaa International Airport for commercial and international flights.

Griffiths will meet with a number of Houthi officials and officials from the General People’s Congress during his visit to Sanaa.

The Houthi delegation rejected an offer to be transported by an Omani plane to Geneva last week after the aircraft was searched by the coalition backing the Yemeni legitimate government, according to Western sources.

“I was as disappointed as anyone that we were unable to bring the delegation from Sanaa to Geneva,” Griffiths had said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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