Yemen government says rebels ‘not serious’ at UN talks
A Yemeni government official said on Saturday that Huthi rebels were ‘not serious’ about finding common ground to end the devastating war, three days into UN-brokered talks in Sweden.
Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14mn Yemenis to the brink of starvation, the Saudi-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels, linked to Riyadh’s archrival Iran, are in the rural town of Rimbo for what UN officials expect will be a week of negotiations.
“Expectations stem from experience, and from experience I would say no, they are not serious,” said Rana Ghanem, a member of the government delegation. “But our hope...is that this will help alleviate the tension, and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people,” said Ghanem, the only woman in either delegation.