Yemen calls for a new European approach to resolving the crisis

(170329) — DEAD SEA, March 29, 2017 (Xinhua) — Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi (front) attends the 28th Arab League Summit at the Dead Sea, south of the capital Amman, Jordan, on March 29, 2017. The 28th ordinary Arab League Summit opened in Dead Sea, Jordan on Wednesday morning, with 15 state leaders from the 22 member states attending the meeting. (Xinhua/Meng Tao) (sxk)

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak called for a new European “approach” to help solve the Yemeni crisis based on supporting the country’s government politically and economically.

The minister’s statement came in an opinion piece published in the EU Observer on Thursday where he said this approach must also be based on “creating a full partnership” with the Yemeni government to achieve peace, and put pressure on the Houthi militia to change its behavior and accept the peace plan to end the war.

Bin Mubarak stressed that the Houthi militia’s negative attitude and actions toward peace “must change.”

On Wednesday, the Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mission of the UN mission in Yemen .
Earlier, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the selection of the Swedish diplomat, Hans Grundberg, to fill the position of Special Envoy to Yemen, to succeed the British Martin Griffiths, who finished his duties at the end of last June.

The appointment of special envoys to the Secretary-General requires the approval of the five permanent members of the Security Council, which are the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China.

Grundberg has been the European Union ambassador to Yemen since the beginning of September 2019, and previously headed the European Commission missions in Cairo and Israel.

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