Yemeni president tells UN envoy Houthis should withdraw completely from Hodeidah

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The president of Yemen, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, told UN envoy Martin Griffiths of the need to for the Houthi militia to withdraw from Hodeidah, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Wednesday.

Griffiths travelled to the southern city of Aden on Wednesday for talks with president Hadi in the exiled government’s temporary capital, government officials said.

“There is a proposal on the table,” the foreign minister of Hadi’s government, Khaled al-Yamani, told reporters in Riyadh.

“We would accept a peace initiative on the condition that militias leave the western coast,” he said at a joint press conference to announce a $40 million project launched by Saudi Arabia for de-mining operations in Yemen.

The Houthis have indicated they would be willing to hand over management of the port to the United Nations, sources told Reuters.

(With Reuters)

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