Peace for Houthis, after 370,000 dead

A Saudi delegation has reportedly met with a number of high-ranking officials from the Yemeni Ansarullah resistance movement in Sana’a as part of preparations for talks to reach a final ceasefire agreement to end the eight-year Saudi war.

Yemeni media outlets reported that the Saudi delegates arrived in Sana’a on Saturday evening and have held a meeting with Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, as well as some high-profile figures of the Sana’a-based National Salvation Government.

Yemeni media outlets published pictures of a Saudi official shaking hands with Houthi in Sana’a.

The outlets added that the faces of the high-ranking Saudi officials involved in the talks with Ansarullah officials have not been publicized at their request.

Meanwhile, an informed source, who asked not to be named, told Yemen’s official news agency Saba that the Saudis are going to negotiate “the removal of the tight naval and air blockade on Yemen, and and end to the eight-year-long aggression, restoration of the Yemeni nation’s rights, and the payment of civil servant salaries as well as a portion of oil and gas revenues” during talks with Mahdi al-Mashat, the chairman of the council.

Local news agencies said Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Saeed al-Jaber, who resides in the southern port city of Aden, arrived in Sana’a at the head of the Saudi delegation to meet with officials from the Ansarullah movement and the National Salvation Government, hours after the arrival of an Omani delegation.

The visit by Saudi officials to Sana’a is an indication of progress in Oman-mediated talks between the kingdom and the Ansarullah movement, which run in parallel to UN peace efforts.

Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman briefed the council on Riyadh’s solution to end the crisis in Yemen, sources said, adding that the Saudis’ vision is to renew the existing UN-brokered truce for a year in an understanding with the Sana’a government.

Riyadh will pledge to pay the salaries of public servants, open Hudaydah port, and help settle the currency problems of Yemen in exchange for Sana’a’s acceptance of the truce, according to the report.

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