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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia May 15, 2016. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Riyadh- In a visit that seems to be the last attempt before departing the White House, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive today, Sunday, to Riyadh in order to hold discussions with high rank Saudi officials and regional and international leaders to reach a political solution for the Yemeni crisis and to discuss the latest occurrences in the region.

The U.S. Secretary of State is trying to give a political push to the Yemeni roadmap led by U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed—this roadmap is a modified version of the concepts provided by Kerry during the quadrilateral meeting held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia one month ago.

The new roadmap, however, did not garner the approval of legal authorities that see it as a drift from the basic references: the Gulf Initiative, outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue and the U.N. Security Council resolution 2216.

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi stated that the Yemeni government and leadership represented in Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi are anticipating a new U.N. draft to achieve peace. “Rebels are required to present sufficient guarantees that they will abide by peace, withdrawal, handing out arms, terminating war and reinforcing the confidence”, Mekhlafi added.

His statement was made after his meeting with Ould Cheikh in Riyadh. Mekhlafi stressed the government’s keenness and restless efforts to achieve a sustainable peace based on the three agreed upon references.

“Rebel militias are conducting escalating political steps that threaten then national unity,” he continued.

From his part, Ould Cheikh expressed the U.N. rejection to unilateral procedures ad emphasized that peaceful solution is the best choice.