UN envoy holds talks with houthi rebels

Added On January 9, 2019

 The UN Special Envoy to Yemen has held intensified meetings with the Houthi group to cement the fragile cease-fire deal and push for peace.

The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said the Envoy Martine Griffiths and the Houthi leaders discussed the "obstacles and breaches" to the UN-brokered first-round peace agreement, which was reached last month between the Yemeni rival parties in Stockholm.
They also discussed preparations to hold the second round of peace talks, without giving further details.
According to UN, Griffiths is also due to meet with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
The rival parties have blamed each other for breaching the truce in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and undermining the ongoing peace process.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, in order to reinstate the exiled Yemeni government of Hadi.