Yemen sides cautiously welcome peace plan

Yemen's exiled government has said it welcomes in principle a US-backed plan to resume peace talks with the Houthis on the basis of forming a unity government, AFP reported Sunday (August 28th).

In Sanaa, the Houthis said they had discussed the establishment of a government, and said they would respond "positively" to any attempt to end the conflict.

Meeting in Riyadh, the Yemeni cabinet gave an "initial welcoming to the ideas that came out of the meeting in Jeddah" which included US Secretary of State John Kerry, Gulf counterparts, a British minister and the UN envoy to Yemen.

The plan offers the Houthis and their allies participation in a unity government, but demands their withdrawal from Sanaa and other key areas, as well as surrendering heavy weapons to a third party.

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