Yemen’s President Prepared To attend Geneva Peace Talks


Yemen’s exiled President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said he is prepared to travel to Geneva for peace talks with Shia rebels who have taken over large swaths of the country, an aide to the embattled leader has said. Aljazeera has more:

A spokesman for the government told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the administration was prepared to come to “consultations” about the situation. However, the Yemini government said it would not negotiate with Houthi rebels until they comply with a UN resolution to pull out of all occupied territory

The talks in Switzerland had been previously postponed and no new date for the UN-led talks has been officially announced. A UN official said it is hoped the talks would begin by June 10, the AP news agency reported.

The US State Department said on Tuesday that senior US diplomats met representatives of the Houthi rebels in Muscat, Oman’s capital, for a day last week to discuss a political solution to Yemen’s conflict. “These meetings in general were part of our broad engagement with elements of the Yemeni political spectrum,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a briefing.