Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir voiced support Wednesday for peace talks on Yemen’s conflict which the United Nations says will take place this month in Geneva.
“We hope they will be successful,” Jubeir told reporters after a summit of Arab and South American countries in Riyadh.
“We support these negotiations and hope they will achieve peace, security and stability in Yemen,” he said.
Addressing the summit late on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that his special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, “intends to convene a new round of peace consultations in Switzerland… this month”.
He did not give a specific date but said both the Yemeni government and Ansarullah movement have committed to attend.
“It is critical that all sides lend their political support and engage in good faith,” Ban said.
“There is no military solution to the conflict,” he said, even as deadly fighting raged across the country.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP last week that he was “very optimistic” negotiations would start between November 10 and 15.
Yemen has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.
Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Arabia.
However, Yemeni army, backed by the committees has been responding to the aggression by targeting several Saudi border military posts and cleansing several areas across the country, especially the country’s south, from Hadi and al-Qaeda-linked militias.