The next round of peace talks between Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels due to be held next week have been postponed, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel Malak al Mekhlafi said on Saturday.
"The negotiations will not take place on the announced date of January 14," Mekhlafi said on the phone from Cairo.
Mekhlafi announced that the next round of talks would be held in Geneva.
"They will be postponed until January 20 or 23 because the Houthis rejected the date of January 14," he added.
Mekhlafi also said that the United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed would visit the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday to "convince the Huthis to participate in the negotiations on the new dates".
The envoy would go to the capital to seek "confidence-building measures" from Houthis, such as the lifting of their siege of Taez and allowing aid into the southwestern city, he added.
In December, Yemeni government held six days of peace talks with the Houthi rebels and their allies in Switzerland which resulted in no major breakthrough.
Violence should be stalled in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest nation, where heavy fighting has killed thousands of people and left about 80 percent of the population in need of humanitarian aid since March, according to the UN.