UN Says Warring Parties in Yemen Renew Truce For Two More Months

Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to renew an UN-mediated truce for an additional two more months from 2 August until 2 October, a move welcomed by the world leaders.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg in a statement hailed the achievement and urged all sides to strive for lasting peace in the war-torn country.

“In the coming weeks, I will intensify my engagements with the parties to ensure the full implementation of all the parties’ obligations in the truce. This should include the implementation of the full number and regularity of flights between the agreed destinations and Sana’a International Airport and the number of fuel ships entering Hudaydah port, as stipulated in the truce agreement,” Grundberg said.

Grundberg also stressed to make progress on opening roads in Taiz and other governorates to facilitate the “freedom of movement of millions of Yemeni women, men and children, and of goods.”

The extension of the truce was welcomed by many countries around the world. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a tweet post also welcomed truce extension in Yemen, which he said “will bring respite from conflict to millions and saves lives – the longest period of calm since the war began.”

France also welcomed the ceasefire, calling it a development that should help ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.

“With the country facing a particularly serious humanitarian crisis, France welcomes the Yemeni government’s efforts to improve the population’s living conditions and calls on the Houthis to abide by the commitments they made under the truce four months ago, and specifically to reopen roads in the city of Taïz,” French Foreign Ministry said.

Paris called on the warring parties to take the “current ceasefire as an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions under the auspices of the UN for the purpose of reaching a political agreement, the only way to end the conflict.”

Bahrain also welcomed the announcement of truce extension and lauded the efforts of all involved parties.

Bahrain Foreign Ministry in a statement affirmed the Kingdom’s support for “all international efforts aiming at reaching a comprehensive and sustainable political solution to the Yemeni crisis in a way that meets the aspirations of the Yemeni people for security, stability and development.”

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