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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 July 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: UN envoy seeks peace talks in Yemen

We assess the potential for diplomatic negotiation in Yemen in this week's episode

A member of Yemeni government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition takes position during an attack on the port city of Hodeidah, on the outskirts of Hodeidah, Yemen, on June 27, 2018. Najeeb Almahboobi / EPA
A member of Yemeni government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition takes position during an attack on the port city of Hodeidah, on the outskirts of Hodeidah, Yemen, on June 27, 2018. Najeeb Almahboobi / EPA

The Arab Coalition has paused its offensive in Hodeidah, as announced on Sunday by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash. This is in the hopes of giving UN special envoy Martin Griffiths enough time to implement his peace plan.

With the liberation of Hodeidah from Houthi control imminent, the Coalition now looks to negotiate Houthi withdrawal from rebel-held Sanaa.

The Coalition is also welcoming a larger media presence in Yemen to combat Iranian influence and propaganda. The National will be sending correspondent Gareth Browne to Yemen to report from the ground, and he joined host Naser Al Wasmi in the studio to assess the situation in Yemen in this week's Beyond the Headlines.

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