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A protester holds up a poster of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi during an anti-Houthi demonstration in Sana’a. Reuters

Aden- U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed received on Thursday a letter from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Aden as part of a new endeavor to solve the conflict in the country.

Hadi’s letter included the response of his government to a roadmap previously proposed by the U.N. envoy.

Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency said the government’s response to the roadmap of Ould Cheikh was meant to correct the path and enable success of peace efforts in Yemen, according to the specific terms of references.

After his meeting with Hadi, Ould Cheikh said: “There is no peace solution in Yemen outside the legitimate framework which is represented by President Hadi.”

The U.N. envoy also stressed the need to bring peace based on the terms of reference stated in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s initiative, its executive mechanism and the outputs of the comprehensive national dialogue.”

Although not made public, Ould Cheikh’s plan implied the retirement of Hadi and his vice-president in exchange for the Houthi’s withdrawal from the seized territories.

The Yemeni government asserted that during his meeting with the U.N. envoy on Thursday, Hadi emphasized the sincere interest of his government in peace and the participation of its delegation in different consultations.

But at the same time, Hadi expressed regret over the Houthis’ arrogant and intransigent stance towards peace endeavors.

Hadi, who is based in Riyadh, flew to Aden last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Turkey on Thursday joined the list of countries that condemned the Houthis’ latest move to form a government in the capital Sana’a.

A statement issued by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Ankara would not recognize the new government, describing it as “illegitimate”.

The ministry said: “It is clear that this illegitimate structure will not contribute to the efforts to find a lasting political solution to the problem in Yemen through the United Nations.”