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Asharq Al-Awsat

Grundberg in Aden to Consolidate Yemen Truce amid Mounting Houthi Violations

Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council Rashad al-Alimi meets with UN envoy Hans Grundberg in Aden. (Saba)

United Nations envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg arrived in the interim capital Aden on Tuesday as part of his efforts to consolidate the two-month truce in the country.

He met with Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council Rashad al-Alimi, who stressed the importance of implementing all articles of the truce without exception, especially in regards to lifting the siege imposed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias on Taiz city.

Grundberg had kicked off a tour of the region by holding talks in Riyadh with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Nayef al-Hajraf and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber.

In Aden, the envoy also met with Presidential Council members Tariq Saleh and Abdullah Al-Alimi, and Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik.

Rashad al-Alimi stressed to Grundberg the legitimate government's readiness to offer all that was necessary to ensure the success of UN peace efforts that would end the Houthi coup.

Regarding the resumption of flights at Sanaa International Airport, he informed the envoy that the government had made several proposals that were met with evident stalling and intransigence by the Houthis.

He said the militias are exploiting the issue for political gain, heedless of the humanitarian factors that led it to be included in the truce.

Official Yemeni sources said Grundberg stressed that he will continue his efforts to maintain the humanitarian truce and reach a comprehensive political settlement.

On the ground, the Yemeni military continued to count Houthi violations of the truce. Its latest report tallied 74 new violations on various battlefronts on Sunday.

The breaches were confirmed in the Marib, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Taiz and Dhale provinces and they ranged from Katyusha rocket fire and artillery shelling at military positions, the launching of armed drones, deployment of snipers and the continued reinforcement of positions and amassing of forces.

The army and resistance forces, on the other hand, have stressed their commitment to the ceasefire in line with military and political directives.