Several members of the Yemeni government delegation walked out of a session of UN sponsored peace consultations in Kuwait after a member of the Houthi delegation used vulgar language. Salim Mughlis was not invited to the session by the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh, and informed sources said that he insulted members of the government delegation and the people of his province, Taiz. He also denied the existence of a blockade in Taiz which led to an altercation with the Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Aziz Ahmad Al-Jabari who is a member of the government delegation.
Despite the incident that took place on Wednesday, the government delegation continued to discuss and engage with key issues yesterday, particularly the subjects of regaining the state, the withdrawal of Houthi and Saleh militias from cities and establishments, and the surrender of heavy weapons.
In addition to security plans, the government delegation yesterday presented a new interpretive vision to the political committee at a meeting. Meanwhile, well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that an agreement to postpone a discussion about forming a national unity government to a later date was made with the rebel delegation. The issue of forming a national unity government is hindering the work of committees that emerged from the consultations formed by the UN envoy Ould Cheikh.
In a related development, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations Khalid Al-Yamani said that the rebel delegation is displaying a lack of seriousness at the Yemen consultations and that it came to Kuwait to legitimise the rebels’ coup. He added that they continue to carry out criminal acts against the Yemeni people and national institutions.