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Kicking off Yemen Peace Talks is “Extremely Important Objective”, Guterres

The conditions to resume Yemen peace process next month in Sweden are almost ready, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the organization was close to creating the necessary conditions to hold the Sweden talks between Yemen’s warring parties in early December, but there is no agreement yet.

“We are at a very crucial moment in relation to Yemen,” said Guterres who added that he had spoken earlier in the day to his UN peace envoy Martin Griffiths.

Guterres also said that his envoy for Yemen Griffiths has been engaged in shuttle diplomacy, talking to Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The UNSG pointed out that kicking off the peace talks “would be an extremely important objective.”

In a related context, Guterres revealed that he was ready to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to advance diplomatic efforts to end the war. Both officials will be in Argentina to attend the G20 summit.

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