Saudi Arabia has begun direct talks with a Houthis delegation in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday, according to a London-based newspaper Rai Al-Youm.
The newspaper, which is edited by a prominent Palestinian journalist ‘Abdel-Bari ‘Atwan, said on Tuesday that both sides may continue negotiations next week.
The head of the UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has informed the United Nations’ under-secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman of the talks, the daily said, noting that it had received a copy of the letter.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reportedly supervises the talks which have excluded the exiled Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the report said.
Hadi has resigned as president but Saudi Arabia continues to carry out airstrikes and ground assaults in Yemen in order to restore his authority.
The alleged negotiations suggest Riyadh’s submission to Houthi demands.
The group has maintained that any talks must be held with the Saudis as their main adversary in the war, and not with Hadi.