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Exclusive- Houthis in Muscat Soon to Discuss Int’l Proposal

Exclusive- Houthis in Muscat Soon to Discuss Int’l Proposal

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 06:30
The Yemeni capital Sana’a on Dec. 3, 2017. Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP

A Houthi delegation is expected to move from Sana’a to Muscat aboard a UN airplane in the next few days to attend talks led by international and regional parties aimed at achieving peace in Yemen, informed Yemeni sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources spoke on Thursday about talks that kicked off with Omani officials concerning proposals made by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson regarding the Yemeni file.

When the British Foreign Office was asked whether London has made any move or proposal in this regard, the office’ spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny any UK initiative concerning Yemen.

“The British government supports all diplomatic efforts for solving the conflict in Yemen and also backs all UN efforts to bring parties to the negotiating table,” the spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, diplomats told Asharq Al-Awsat that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on all permanent members of the Security Council to visit Washington on January 29 and hold high-level meetings with US officials. 

The sources said that those meetings, which could include one with President Donald Trump, would prove Iran’s role in exporting arms to Yemen, including ballistic missiles to Houthi militias, in addition to Tehran’s role in shaking stability in the Middle East by supporting Lebanon's “Hezbollah.”

The diplomatic sources also spoke about a Russian-Western dispute that took place at a UN closed meeting when Moscow expressed its reservations over some points mentioned in a UN report on Yemen's civil war.

“Haley plans to invite her colleagues to inspect parts and remains of ballistic missiles launched by Houthis on Riyadh and other Saudi cities, and to reveal that those missiles came from Iran,” the sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. 

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