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United Nations envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to reporters upon his departure at Sana’a airport following a visit to Sana’a, Yemen November 7, 2016. Reuters

Riyadh– Western diplomatic sources said that U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has informed the ambassadors of the 18 countries, which have pledged support to a Gulf-sponsored initiative for Yemen, of his latest efforts to end the ongoing war in Yemen.

The sources, which spoke on condition of anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Ould Cheikh Ahmed has explained in detail the roadmap that he would propose to Yemen’s warring parties in the few coming hours and informed them of the outcome of the visit conducted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the region, and his meeting with a Houthi delegation in Muscat.

The U.N. envoy also conveyed Houthi rebels’ commitment to the truce agreement, which was signed in April.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with the G18 Ambassadors in Riyadh on Monday, ahead of his expected visit to Aden, where he will meet with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Western diplomatic sources said that despite the Houthi delegation’s approval of the new roadmap, questions arise over its seriousness in truly implementing its terms on the ground.

“We believe that discussions should be maintained and this is very important,” the sources said.

They added that the envoy would meet with Hadi and would then visit Muscat to discuss the details of the roadmap with the Houthi delegation.

The sources noted that the G18 ambassadors have stressed their full support to the efforts deployed by the U.N. special envoy to end the ongoing crisis.

They also called on the different Yemeni factions to welcome these efforts and offer compromises to end the sufferings of the Yemeni people and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Deputy Premier Abdulaziz Jabari said on Monday that the legitimate government was keen on the establishment of comprehensive peace in the war-torn country, based on the outcome of the national dialogue, the implementation mechanism of the Gulf Initiative and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216.

The Yemeni minister’s remarks came following his meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Mathew Tueller.

Yemen’s official news agency said that Tueller reiterated the U.S. support to the establishment of stability and peace in the country.