UN envoy heads to Yemen, Saudi Arabia as al-Hodeidah truce holds

The UN envoy for Yemen will hold a new round of talks with the Houthis (Ansarallah) and the Yemeni government in the coming days, AFP reported Thursday (January 3rd).

Martin Griffiths will travel to Sanaa on Saturday for talks with Houthi leaders and with the head of a truce monitoring committee, Gen. Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands, said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.

He will then head to Riyadh to meet with Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and other officials.

The UN is hoping to bring the sides together later this month, possibly in Kuwait, to follow up on the progress made in talks in Stockholm in December, diplomats said.

Under the agreement reached in Sweden, the Houthis agreed to redeploy from the Red Sea port city of al-Hodeidah.

"The cessation of hostilities in al-Hodeidah continues to hold," Haq said.

Yemen's government has written to the Security Council to accuse the Houthis of failing to comply with the ceasefire, while the Houthis have accused the Arab coalition of carrying out low-altitude flights over the city.

The council is expected to hear a report from Griffiths next week, but no firm date has been decided for that meeting.

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