US, Saudi Arabia reveal new plan to end Yemen conflict
Secretary of State John Kerry has revealed a plan to restart talks to end the ongoing civil war in Yemen with help from Saudi Arabia. He also announced an aid package to the war-torn country, where thousands of civilians have died in Saudi-led bombings.
The announcement of the new peace plan and the humanitarian assistance came the same day that a UN report found that airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are responsible for the majority of civilians killed in the country’s civil war.
Kerry was in Saudi Arabia, where he met with Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir to discuss the 18-month conflict between the Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government that has been exiled to Saudi Arabia. Previous UN-sponsored negotiations to end the war in Yemen fell apart earlier this month.
“We agreed on a renewed approach to negotiations with both a security and political track simultaneously working in order to provide a comprehensive settlement,” Kerry said during a press conference.“The final agreement… would include in the first phase a swift formation of a new national unity government, the withdrawal of forces from Sanaa and other areas and the transfer of all heavy weapons including ballistic missiles, from the Houthis and forces aligned to them to a third party.”
The negotiations on how to bring the Houthis to the table, called the Quad discussion, took place between the US, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the UK on Thursday. Kerry and al-Jubeir then met with their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council ‒ which includes the UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UK ‒ to get the approval of its members on the new approach. The Houthis, a movement of religious minority Shia Muslims that has the support of many Yemenis, were not involved, nor were there any representatives from the exiled Yemen government.
this is a joke..nothing will change..just more killing from usa supplied weapons of war via the sauds..
“The Houthis, a movement of religious minority Shia Muslims that has the support of many Yemenis, were not involved, nor were there any representatives from the exiled Yemen government.”
how do you have a peace plan if the main players arent involved?