New international peace push for Yemen announced

A fresh international peace initiative for Yemen aimed at forming a unity government was announced Thursday (August 25th) following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Gulf counterparts, a British minister and the UN peace envoy, AFP reported.

Participants "agreed on a renewed approach to negotiations" between the warring sides, Kerry said, after three months of talks in Kuwait ended earlier this month without making headway.

The new plan offers the Houthis participation in government in exchange for an end to violence and a surrender of weapons.

The new push for peace will have "both a security and political track simultaneously working in order to provide a comprehensive settlement", Kerry said, adding that Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states had "agreed unanimously with this new initiative".

He said details would be finalised by the "parties themselves".

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