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Riyadh- Sources told Asharq Al- Awsat newspaper that the Houthi delegation participating at the peace negotiations had, yesterday, left Sana’a, Yemen heading for Kuwait and had passed by Muscat, Qatar at a late hour of the evening.

Considered a step forward, Yemeni developments have only progressed as a product of international pressures practiced by the five members of the U.N. Security Council on Houthi parties who had continuously obstructed headway of previously-fixed negotiations.

High-up Yemeni sources, exclusive to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, reveal that the insurgency delegation comprising Houthis and pro-Saleh fighters (armed groups supporting the ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh) had withheld from participating on time at the negotiations, which was set two days ago, drawing out a clear Iranian background, especially with the U.S.-Gulf summit nearing.

Sources went on saying that “Iran wishes to send a strong message displaying its capacities on delaying or postponing regional matters, especially that the Arab world, lately, had been progressing intensively in unison, in terms of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the League of Arab States (LAS).”

Sources then added that “Iranian most recent tactics and intervention in what is happening is very clear; because Houthis are not equipped nor experienced with producing what is being displayed concerning intellectual political alibis and arguments.”

“Houthis do not wish to discuss the items of the U.N. resolution 2216, unless they first are guaranteed partnership in the Yemeni government,” sources added.

Moreover, sources confirmed leaks on Houthis demanding to have the item “peace agreement and partnership” added to the agenda of negotiations.

On his behalf, Houthi delegation leader Mohammed Abed al-Salam told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that his mission is in effective communication with international community’s ambassadors and the U.N. special envoy.

Al-Salam said that a bettering state-of-affairs on overcoming points of dispute and reinforcing the current ceasefire is anticipated.

He stressed that his party requested that the discussions be conformed, not cluttered.

The U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Kuwait, had expressed his surprise of the sudden change in Houthi stances, given that they had already set an accord with him concerning almost everything.

Sources pointed out that insurgents prepared a large Yemeni press group based in the Lebanese capital Beirut. The press attaches are expected to head for the negotiations as soon as the Houthis head for participation at the peace talks.