Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels

AP , Saturday 30 Jul 2016

Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels
(File Photo: Reuters) Colonel Abdullah bin Sahyan (C), who commands the Saudi forces in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, talks to his soldiers in their base in Aden September 28, 2015.

Yemen's government delegation has quit talks in Kuwait with Shia Houthi rebels despite resuming them earlier this month.

Officials with Yemen's internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi told The Associated Press they were considering proposals to reconvene the talks, which have failed to bridge the gap with the rebels, in Oman. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters otherwise.

Hadi's government is backed by a U.S. assisted Saudi-led military campaign against the Shia rebels. The war has killed some 9,000 people.

Hadi's negotiators are demanding the implementation of a U.N. Security Council resolution which stipulates the withdrawal of militias from all cities. The Houthis want the Saudi-led offensives to stop first, and also a share of power in a transitional government.

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