The alleged negotiations suggest Riyadh’s submission to Houthi demands. The group had long maintained that any talks must be held with the Saudis as their main adversary in the war, and not with Hadi.
According to a London-based newspaper, Saudi Arabia held direct secret talks with Yemen’s Houthis and agreed on more negotiations in the Jordanian capital.
The Rai al-Youm newspaper said that UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed informed the United Nations’ under-secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman of the talks in a secret letter, a copy of which was collected by the newspaper.
“The alleged negotiations suggest Riyadh’s submission to Houthi demands. The group had long maintained that any talks must be held with the Saudis as their main adversary in the war, and not with Hadi,” a political analyst suggested.
It is also reported that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been supervising the talks which have excluded Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Hadi has resigned as president but Saudi Arabia has been carrying out attacks on Yemen from the air, ground and sea for a year now to restore him to power.
The UN Security Council expressed deep concerns last week over the worsening crisis in Yemen. It said that it was considering a resolution to press for more aid deliveries and protect hospitals from attacks.
However, the European Parliament passed a resolution last month, calling on EU member states to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia over high civilian casualties in Yemen. Several human rights groups have called US to follow the EU parliament’s lead and impose an arms embargo on the kingdom since 8,400 people including 2,236 children, have been killed so by the Saudi aggression . It is also reported that the Saudi airstrikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.