US Envoy Heads to Saudi Arabia And Jordan To Push For Yemen Truce

The US Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, said he would travel to Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Tuesday to continue Washington’s diplomatic efforts to back an UN-mediated truce in Yemen.

The US State Department said in a statement said that Lenderking will visit Riyadh and Amman for discussions on “expanding, extending, and renewing the current truce agreement that will further the tangible benefits already reaching Yemenis and build towards a more comprehensive, inclusive peace process and permanent ceasefire.”

“The US calls on all parties to choose peace and recovery over continued war and destruction for the sake of the Yemeni people,” the statement added.

The warring parties in Yemen agreed to a ceasefire in April and renewed it for two more months in June, marking the first ceasefire since the start of the conflict in late 2014.

The deadly fighting turned Yemen into rubble and took the lives of nearly 400,000 people, as well as putting the Yemenis on the brink of famine.

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