UN envoy visits Yemen for talks with rebels

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference ahead of his departure at Sanaa international airport on January 14, 2016UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived Saturday in Yemen’s rebel-held capital to try to restart peace talks between Iran-backed insurgents and the internationally recognised government. The Mauritanian diplomat met Ali Hajar, a foreign affairs representative of the Huthi rebels, Sanaa airport director Khaled al-Shayef told AFP. It came a day after the UN envoy held talks in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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