Last chance for peace in Yemen: UK Foreign Secretary

Last chance for peace in Yemen: UK Foreign Secretary

Cairo - Jeremy Hunt made his comments on Sunday during a visit to the southern city of Aden.



By AP, AFP

Published: Sun 3 Mar 2019, 10:44 PM

Last updated: Tue 5 Mar 2019, 5:37 PM

Britain's foreign secretary is warning of a collapse of peace deals in Yemen, saying that "we are now in the last chance saloon".
Jeremy Hunt made his comments on Sunday during a visit to the southern city of Aden, the first to Yemen by a Western foreign minister since the start of the conflict in 2015.
He says the peace process in Yemen "could be dead within weeks if we do not see both sides sticking to their commitments in Stockholm".
"I am here because this is really the last chance for peace," Hunt said from Aden, in a video uploaded to his Twitter account.
Yemen's internationally recognised government and Houthi rebels agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida in December, as well as a prisoner exchange that has yet to take place. Both sides have traded accusations of hindering the deals. Yemen has been embroiled in a stalemated war since March 2015.
Hunt held talks with his Yemeni counterpart Khaled Al Yamani on the conflict and "international efforts to bring peace to Yemen", in government-held Aden on Sunday, state news agency Saba said.
They discussed an agreement on a ceasefire and prisoner exchange between the warring sides, brokered by the United Nations at talks in Sweden in December, Saba said.


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