The United Arab Emirates (UAE) would be supporting the suggestion for new peace talks on Yemen that would be arranged by the United Nations. This information was confirmed by a senior Emirati official on 26th September, after a meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen. The meeting with Martin Griffiths took place on the sidelines on the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
The statement came two weeks after the disintegration of peace talks for Yemen in Geneva. The Iranian-affiliated Houthi movement delegates failed to turn up and in turn, blamed the Saudi-led coalition forces fighting in Yemen for obstructing their movement. They said that the coalition forces prevented them from attending the peace talks which was slated to take place on 6th September in Geneva.
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash tweeted that the talks on Yemen in New York with the UN Special Envoy was very effective. The discussions renewed the support for the UN-led peace process, after the major setback in Geneva. The UAE Minister also stated that they would be providing their full support to the UN proposals for new discussions that are going to be held very soon.
In the past, the UN has spent many weeks jostling to intercede with the conflicting sides, with Martin Griffiths holding face-to-face talks separately with the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government.