Blinken Urges Yemen To Seize “Genuine and Important Opportunity” For Peace

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak in Washington and hoped that the ongoing UN-brokered ceasefire would lead to lasting peace and security in the war-hit country.

During the meeting, Blinken stressed that Yemen should seize this “genuine and important opportunity” to end many years of war, conflict, and suffering.

Blinken welcomed the Yemeni government’s support for the truce, and the resumption of commercial flights from Sana’a, reiterating Washington’s strong support for all these developments.

In his part, Mubarak thanked Blinken for reiterating that the internationally recognized government of Yemen was committed to a political solution to the conflict.

“We were always seeking peace. We did a lot of – so many concessions to make peace,” Mubarak told Blinken and hoped for an extension of the ongoing truce.

“We are ready for peace and negotiation. There is a window of peace. The question is, are Houthis ready for that,” Mubarak said, lamenting that Taiz is still under siege, and the Houthis don’t want to talk about reopening Taiz road.

Yemen’s new ruling Presidential Leadership Council said they are working through the UN and international partners toward ending the war through political dialogue, but said they would not step back from military actions if the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels refuse dialogue.  

The warring parties in Yemen agreed to a two-month ceasefire that began in April, and both ceased fighting for the first time in nearly six years.

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