Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's press secretary, Mokhtar Alrahbi, said on Thursday that the country's government considers the Shiite Houthi rebels' acceptance of the United Nations moderated peace plan for the country as a "manoeuvre," after the Saudi-led coalition intervening to defend the government made progress against the rebels in recent weeks.
Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had announced on Wednesday that he and his Houthi allies were ready to accept a peace plan moderated by the United Nations in Oman.
Alrahbi said, "We consider this [Houthi acceptance] a manoeuvre, especially after the painful strikes they received."
He reiterated Hadi’s stance and asked for a "clear acceptance of the implementation of the UN resolution," to start peace talks.
Hadi had rejected any proposed agreement unless the Houthi militants along with forces loyal to Saleh implement a UN resolution by withdrawing from cities and surrendering their arms.
In recent weeks the Saudi-led coalition made advances in the east of Yemen's capital Sanaa and captured Bab al-Mandeb, which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.
Gulf countries along with Hadi have reiterated that they find it hard to trust Saleh or the Houthis of their commitment to any peace agreements, since they know them to have gone back on their word with respect to previous political deals made since 2012, the beginning of transition from Saleh's rule.
Over two thousand civilians have been killed in Yemen since late March, including at least 500 children, while 4,862 people have been injured and some 1.4 million people have fled their homes, according to the UN.