British FM welcomes 'progress' in Yemen peace talks

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Sunday welcomed “progress” in Yemen peace talks, saying a solution to the conflict in the battered Arabian Peninsula country must be political, not military. Speaking in Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-day visit to Gulf monarchies, Hammond also said world powers will not “turn a blind eye” to attempts by Iran to destabilise the region. “In Yemen, progress is being made and we recognise the efforts of the Gulf states, and I have to give particular thanks to Kuwait for hosting the peace negotiations,” Hammond told a news conference in Jeddah.

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