Yemen never been so close to peace: UN envoy

The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C) during a press conference at Sanaa international airport on January 14, 2016The UN envoy for Yemen declared Friday that “we have never been so close to peace,” cautiously talking up prospects for talks in Kuwait next week despite violations of a truce. The Saudi-backed government in Yemen will begin on Monday a new round of talks with the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in Kuwait to end a war that has brought the country to its knees. The envoy, who was due to fly to Kuwait after the council meeting, welcomed a decrease in violence since the ceasefire went into force on Monday.

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