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Minister for the Middle East visits Saudi Arabia for Yemen talks

Tobias Ellwood meets international foreign ministers for discussions on Yemen.

Tobias Ellwood
Tobias Ellwood Minister for Africa and the Middle East

Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, is in Saudi Arabia today for talks about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The talks follow meetings of the “Quadrilateral” group which met for the first time in London in July.

He will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as the UN’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

A second meeting will be held later today to include in the talks the foreign ministers from remaining Gulf Cooperation Council states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

Discussions will focus on finding a way to end the political deadlock in Yemen, after peace talks finished without conclusion earlier in August. Humanitarian assistance and ways to support Yemen’s precarious economy will also be on the agenda.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Ellwood said:

The meetings today show the deep concern among the international community about the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Now more than ever there is an urgent need to find a solution that will restore peace for the people of Yemen, who have been forced to bear the brunt of the crisis.

I urge all parties to renew their commitment to the ceasefire and the UN process, and work with the international community to find a way to end the violence and provide a peaceful future for Yemen’s people.

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Published 25 August 2016