Yemen foes hold 'productive' direct talks on key issues: UN

Yemen's UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds a press conference at the ministery of information in Kuwait City on April 30, 2016Yemen’s warring parties held “productive” face-to-face peace talks on Saturday on “key issues” in a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country, the UN envoy said. “The talks today were positive and productive… It is an encouraging beginning,” Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told a news conference after the first direct talks since the delayed negotiations began on April 21. “Today, we heard the parties pledge total commitment to (UN Security Council) Resolution 2216 and related decisions, the Gulf initiative and results of Yemeni national dialogue as the basis for a peaceful solution,” he said.

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