UN Envoy For Yemen Concludes Visit to Sana’a With Hope of Permanent Ceasefire

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg on Wednesday wrapped up his three days visit to the capital city Sana’a, where he met with senior political officials and stressed for a permanent ceasefire between warring parties.

During his visit, Grundberg met with political officials and discussed the ongoing implementation of the different elements of the two-month truce in Yemen, as well as ways to “strengthen, renew and consolidate the truce,” his office said in a statement.

Grundberg also met with the UN country team and the International Committee of the Red Cross, where they discussed the way forward, including strengthening economic and humanitarian measures.

In talks with senior Yemeni officials, Grundberg also discussed the entry of fuel ships into the Hudaydah sea ports, efforts to resume a number of flights in and out of Sana’a airport, and also efforts to hold a meeting to discuss the opening of roads in Taiz and other governorates.

“The truce in all its different elements aims first and foremost to improve conditions for civilians by providing some relief and a much-needed break from the violence. We hope that the parties will cooperate on sustaining this truce and use it as a stepping-stone to a just, inclusive and sustainable political solution in Yemen.” Grundberg added.

Grundberg, who started his first visit to Yemen’s capital on Monday, was also scheduled to meet with Houthi rebels.

“He (Grundberg) is looking forward to engaging with Ansar Allah (Houthi) leadership on implementing and strengthening the truce and discussing the way forward,” Grundberg’s office said in that time.

However, there is no indication in Wednesday’s statement of Grundberg’s meeting with Ansar Allah, or with any Houthi officials.


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