Yemeni government pulls out of planned peace talks

Yemeni president Mansour Hadi’s government pulled out of expected peace talks with Iranian-backed Houthis

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Debris and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

Yemen's government. which is in self imposed exile, pulled out of the UN brokered peace talks with theIranian backed Houthi rebels. In efforts to end the war that killed thousands and rendered the Yemeni population in crippling need for humanitarian help.

"(The government) confirmed it would not take part in any meeting until the coup militia recognise international resolution 2,216 and accepts to implement it unconditionally," the official state news agency Saba said in a statement on its website.

The UN Security Council urged the parties on Friday to refrain from preconditions and "unilateral actions."

Previous peace talks between the battling parties failed to end the fighting last June.

Houthi militia across the war torn country since late March.

Saudi Arabia led the operations in Yemen, as it sees Houthis as proxies for Iran, the Kingdom accuses Iran of trying to spread its influence into Arab states including Syria and Yemen.

Following a call from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to “save Yemen” from Houthi aggression, Saudi-led military operations started in late March.

Hundreds of air strikes by the 12 nations in the Saudi-led coalition targeted the Houthis across Yemen. One of the coalition goals is to force the Iranian allied militia to accept an April UN Security Council resolution calling on them to recognise Hadi and quit Yemen's main cities.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the Iranian backed Houthi militias since last March, have stepped up its operations in the Yemeni capital after Houthi bombardment killed at least 60 Saudi, Bahraini and United Arab Emirates soldiers at a military camp, east of Sana'a.

More foreign troops are reported to be arriving to Yemen, in order to intensify the campaign against Houthi forces.

Qatar has sent around 1,000 ground troops to the war torn country. While Egypt sending 800 soldiers to the impoverished country.

The UN has declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water.

TRTWorld and agencies