Yemen: UN envoy Griffiths arrives for Houthi fighters meeting

UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths landed in Sanaa on Monday, ahead of a meeting with leaders of the Houthi militants to discuss the situation in the port city of Hodeidah. His arrival follows an announcement by the United Arab Emirates that its forces would cease military operations in the embattled city.

Griffiths’ meeting with the Houthi leaders follows a series of talks with Yemeni exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden, as well as with leaders of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, and Saudi leaders in Riyadh.

The port of Hodeidah is Yemen’s main point of entry for food aid. With 8.4 million Yemeni people forced to the brink of starvation according to UN figures, the country has been plunged into a severe humanitarian crisis amid its ongoing conflict.

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