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Calls for Political Solution in Yemen

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit stressed on Monday the importance of finding a political solution to the Yemeni crisis based on the three references.

Aboul Gheit’s comments came during his meeting with Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani in Cairo on the sidelines of the Arab League Council’s 150th session at the ministerial level.

Aboul Gheit’s spokesman Mahmoud Afifi said in a statement that the Sec-Gen was briefed on the latest developments in the Yemeni crisis in light of the failure of the last round of negotiations due to Houthi militia leaders’ absence.

The two officials also discussed the military operations in Yemen’s western coast and other areas.

During the meeting, Yamani said the Houthis’ pretexts for not attending the Geneva talks proved that they do not seek any peaceful solution to the crisis, Afifi added.

The FM renewed the legitimate government’s commitment to peacefully ending the crisis despite Houthi attempts to sabotage peace efforts and recent peace consultations in Geneva.

Aboul Gheit stressed the importance of restoring legitimacy through a political solution based on the three references – the Gulf Initiative, the outcomes of the Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference and UN Resolution 2216.

He also held the Houthis responsible for prolonging the Yemeni conflict and the people’s sufferings.

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