US Yemen envoy Lenderking arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – JULY 22: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is greeted by U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Tim Lenderking, left, and Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammad Al-Ayesh, center, as he arrives on a E4-B military aircraft at King Abdulaziz International Airport on July 22, 2015 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Carter is meeting with Saudi King Salmon and other Saudi officials. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster – Pool/Getty Images)

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): The US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

During his visit, he will meet with senior officials from the Saudi and Yemeni governments.

Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib, which is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and triggering instability elsewhere in the country.

The special envoy will address the urgent need for efforts to stabilize Yemen’s economy and to facilitate the timely import of fuel to northern Yemen, and the need for the Houthis to end their manipulation of fuel imports and prices inside of Yemen.

Lenderking will also meet with representatives from the international community and the office of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths to discuss the importance of an inclusive peace process and a rapid appointment of a new UN Envoy.

“Now is the time to stop the fighting and enable Yemenis to shape a more peaceful, prosperous future for their country,” a US State Department statement said.

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