Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels

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

Officials with Yemen’s internationally recognized government of President Abed 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 US assisted Saudi-led military campaign against the Shiite rebels. The war has killed some 9,000 people.

Hadi’s negotiators are demanding the implementation of a UN 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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