US Senate Bill to punish Saudi over Khashoggi killing, Yemen crisis

US Senate Bill to punish Saudi over Khashoggi killing, Yemen crisis”

He said the coalition would "urge all parties to take advantage of [the] window of opportunity to restart the political process" at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

Peace talks have not taken place in more than two years.

"I received firm assurances from the leadership of the Yemeni parties, the government of Yemen of course first, and then, Ansar Allah [Houthi movement] that they are committed to attending these consultations", Griffiths said.

Griffiths announced he was close to reaching a deal on an exchange of prisoners and detainees, in a further confidence-building measure ahead of planned talks.

Spokesman for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah Movement Mohammad Abdulsalam, however, said a pause in the Saudi airstrikes against Hudaydah is not a submission to worldwide pressure but a bid to buy time and reinforce the military strength for a fresh offensive.

The UAE which forms part of the Saudi effort said it was looking forward to the peace talks.

"Does the United Kingdom want to impose its own agenda without taking into account the scale of losses suffered by the Yemenis", he said expressing anger towards bringing the battles in Hodeidah to a screeching halt despite victory against the Iran-aligned militia being so close amid reports of their fighters disbanding formations faster than what was expected.

A number of countries have recently called for a cessation of hostilities between the Saudi-UAE military alliance and Houthi rebels, among them the US, Britain and France.

In the meantime, the United Nations special envoy plans to visit the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah next week to work toward a United Nations supervision over the city that handles 80 percent of humanitarian relief to the country.

This would address concerns from the coalition that the weapons are being smuggled into Yemen for the Huthis through the port.

"When coup fighters prepared to storm the capital, Sanaa, there was a defening silence from the global community".

"Let us build on this rather than retreat from this", he said. The Saudi-led coalition has ordered a halt in a log-running offensive against the Houthis in Hudaida, sources said on Thursday.

Eight million people are affected by severe food shortages, according to United Nations officials, who warn that up to 14 million - or half of Yemen's population - are at risk of starvation.

"This is not on the brink of catastrophe, this is a catastrophe", David Beasley told reporters.

The conflict in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, began when the Yemeni government slashed fuel subsidies in the summer of 2014, prompting massive protests in Sanaa. Otherwise, he warned, "we will be in the position of deciding which children live and which children die". The Yemeni government was forced to move to the city of Aden, in the south of the country, making it Yemen's de facto capital. Coalition attacks have also impacted central areas of the city, including around al-Thawra hospital last weekend, an assault which caused hundreds of patients and staff to flee in terror.

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