Yemen government accepts UN peace deal

UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (L) is greeted by spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam (C) for the Shiite Huthi rebel party Ansarullah, ahead of a meeting with Shiite Huthi rebels in SanaaThe Yemeni government said Sunday it has accepted a UN-proposed peace agreement to end more than a year of armed conflict, but there has been no word from the rebels. The announcement by the Saudi-backed government came after a high-level meeting in Riyadh chaired by Yemen’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. “The meeting approved the draft agreement presented by the United Nations calling for an end to the armed conflict and the withdrawal (of rebels) from Sanaa… and the cities of Taez and Al-Hudaydah,” said a statement, cited by the Saba news agency.

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