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Guterres Calls for Aid Access in Coup-Held Sana’a, Hodeidah | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A ship is docked at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Kuwait- UN Chief António Guterres urged Yemeni conflicting parties to agree on allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid to each of the Houthi controlled cities Sana’a and Hodeidah.

“I hope it will be possible for an agreement to be achieved between the parties to allow for Hodeida and Sana’a to be fully operational for the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people who are suffering in such a terrible way.

“They deserve our solidarity and our commitment,” Guterres told reporters after meeting with Kuwait’s emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The United Nations has tried to mediate between Yemeni warring parties to end the conflict but failed to do so.

Asked about plans to begin negotiations in Kuwait on the crisis in Yemen, the Secretary-General said the UN is doing its best to create the conditions for the present stalemate to be overcome.

“Kuwait has been very successful in the first conference that was organized. We will be working very closely with the [parties] to see when and how a new strong initiative will be possible,” he stressed.

To a question on getting aid through Sana’a airport or Hodeida port, Guterres said that his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is pushing to create the conditions for both Hodeida and Sana’a to allow for an effective use, for humanitarian purposes, of these two very important infrastructures.