The US State Department announced that its special envoy for Yemen is holding consultations with the Yemeni government in Riyadh, while the international envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed his regret that no agreement was reached between the Yemeni parties.
A US State Department spokesman said in a statement to Al-Jazeera that “the US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lende rking, is in Saudi Arabia, and he is holding meetings with senior government officials there, as well as the ambassadors of the United Kingdom, France and Russia to Yemen.”
The spokesman indicated that Lender king is working in coordination with the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the UN special envoy to Yemen to resolve the conflict.
He considered that the visit of senior American officials to the region reflects Washington’s commitment to help reach a lasting solution to the Yemeni conflict.
The US State Department spokesman expressed his regret that the Houthis continued their attack on Marib, despite the devastating humanitarian consequences, instead of choosing peace, according to his statement.
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For his part, the international envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed regret that no agreement was reached between the Yemeni parties in his consultations in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Griffiths said in a statement that he had a week-long round of meetings with a group of Yemeni, regional and international stakeholders in Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.
He stressed that the consultations dealt with a ceasefire, stopping the attack on Marib, lifting restrictions on the ports of Hodeidah, and opening Sanaa airport.
In his statement, Griffiths indicated that he will continue to interact with the parties to the conflict and all concerned parties, actors and stakeholders to give them opportunities to find common grounds to help advance peace efforts forward, he said.
The last week witnessed diplomatic efforts to stop the war that caused the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, including a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and a leader of the Houthi group in Muscat, and a visit by the American envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, Senator Chris Murphy, and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan to the Sultanate.
Tension in Marib
On the ground, the Yemeni Prime Minister, Maeen Abdul-Malik, arrived in the Marib Governorate, which for months has been under intense military attacks from the Houthis, in conjunction with the group’s launch of two ballistic missiles on the city.
The Yemeni News Agency said that Abd al-Malik will chair the meetings of the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the General Staff, the leadership of the local and executive authority in Ma’rib Governorate, and the popular and tribal events.
She added that he will discuss the urgent needs and requirements to support Marib’s steadfastness until the restoration of the state is completed, according to the agency.
And local sources reported that the Houthis bombed Marib with two ballistic missiles at midnight last night.
The sources said that one of the rockets landed in the residential neighborhood of Rawda, without announcing any casualties.
The Director of the Information Office in Marib, Awad Al-Hweisik, said – in a statement published by the governor’s website – that the launching of the two missiles is “systematic terrorism” against hundreds of thousands of civilians, displaced persons and forcibly displaced people who are embraced by the city.
There was no comment from the Houthis on the matter, but Houthi media reported that the coalition fighters launched 7 raids on the sites of the Sarwah district, without any further details.
Yemen has been witnessing a war for 7 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 233,000 people, and 80% of the population of about 30 million people have become dependent on aid to stay alive, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
Since February 7, the Houthis have intensified their attacks in Marib to control it, as it is the most important stronghold of the Yemeni government and the main headquarters of the Ministry of Defense, in addition to its enjoyment of oil and gas wealth.
According to military sources, the intensity of the bloody battles has decreased dramatically about a week ago, due to the visits and calls to stop the war.