TEHRAN (defapress)- Yemeni officials rejected on Sunday reports about secret talks between the Ansarullah movement and Riyadh.
News ID: 79586
Publish Date: 16December 2019 - 13:07
Speaking to the press, senior Ansarullah official at the Supreme Political Council, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi said Riyadh has not taken any positive step towards resolving the Yemen conflict and bringing peace to the war-torn country, presstv reported.
He also blamed Saudi Arabia for the delay in the full implementation of the 2018 Stockholm Agreement which was brokered by the United Nations.
The Stockholm Agreement was reached last December following a round of peace negotiations between Ansarullah delegates and Riyadh-sponsored loyalists to ex-president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The document set out three undertakings: a ceasefire along the Hudaydah front and the redeployment of armed forces out of the city and its port; an agreement on prisoner exchange; and a statement of understanding on the Southern Yemeni city of Tai'z.
Yemeni forces have repeatedly accused Saudi Arabia of violating the UN-backed agreement. They say such infringements have led to the death and injury of hundreds of civilians.
In September, the Ansarullah movement announced it stopped retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia and withdrew forces from three strategic ports in Hudaydah as agreed under the Stockholm agreement.
Yemenis say they expected the Stockholm Agreement to lead to peace and the opening of humanitarian corridors. One year on, civilians are still dying in Yemen due to the Saudi airstrikes and its blockade.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past four and a half years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.