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Pressure on Houthis to Withdraw From the “Giants Brigade” | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Yemeni peace consultations in Kuwait ended two days ago due to the rebels continuously violating the truce and their control over the “Giants Brigade” in the governorate of Amran. However, informed sources revealed that the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh, the ambassadors of the 18 countries sponsoring the peace process in Yemen and the state of Kuwait which hosted the consultations are making efforts to solve the problems that are hindering the consultations and peace efforts.

On his part, the Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Abdulaziz Jabbari, a member of the government delegation to the consultations told Asharq Al-Awsat that the mediators presented a number of views and proposals to address the issue of the rebels’ takeover of the “Giants Brigade” in the Harf Sufyan district, Amran governorate. These proposals necessitate “the withdrawal of the rebels from the camp and the return of the weapons that were looted”. Jabbari added that “In this case, we will be positive. However we will not negotiate with them at the table whilst they are looting the remaining weapons. This is something that we will not accept”.

In a related development, the Yemeni Socialist Party, which is the third largest party in Yemen, announced its support for the presidency of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and a high-ranking delegation formed from some of its leaders arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh to join legitimacy.

According to observers, this move is considered a requirement for the party to sever its ties with the rebels in Sana’a after a number of its leaders and members joined militias.