Ye­men gov­ern­ment says rebels ‘not se­ri­ous’ at UN talks

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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 that this will help al­le­vi­ate the ten­sion, and al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of the Ye­meni peo­ple,” said Ghanem, the only woman in ei­ther del­e­ga­tion.

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