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Pressure against Renewing Ould Cheikh Term Dissipates after Quartet Meeting | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. U.N. Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

London – The statement of U.S. Department of State on Yemen reduced the Houthis pressure pushing towards not renewing the term of U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed – the statement showed continuous support to the U.N.-led process and Ould Cheikh efforts.

On the sidelines of the G20s meetings, a quartet meeting on Yemen was held. It had several indications, noticing the attendance of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir took part in the meeting that tackled Yemeni developments, according to SPA.

Tillerson, at the meeting, said that the U.S. continued to support the U.N.-led process and noted the urgent need for the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen.

The U.S. administration stance towards the Yemeni file has undergone a “dramatic change”, observed a Yemeni diplomat in Washington.

Asharq Al-Awsat published earlier a statement made by Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak – Yemeni ambassador to the U.S. – who underscored that his country is keen to reach a political resolution in Yemen that neither serves Iran interest nor harm that of the Gulf. He also stressed willingness to increase military coordination and cooperation with the Arab coalition to restore legality in Yemen.

Matthew Tueller, U.S. ambassador to Yemen, declared in his first statement during the tenure of U.S. President Donald Trump that the new administration is in pursuit of a peaceful solution for Yemeni crisis.

Houthis, who became in power end of 2014, had sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging him not to renew the term of Ould Cheikh but Guterres replied to their request in a news conference on Feb. 13 that U.N. special envoy for Yemen is carrying out his mission in a professional and unbiased manner.