Muscat – Oman is pushing for an extension of the UN-mediated truce in Yemen, which expires on Sunday.
H E Sayyid Badr al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, received a phone call from Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States, on Friday, consulting on a number of regional and international issues of common interest.
The two affirmed their support for the efforts made to extend the truce in Yemen, and the importance of joint work to enhance confidence and constructive dialogue between all parties.
“During our conversation with Sayyid Badr al Busaidi, I expressed our countries’ strong support to help secure an extension and expansion of the UN-mediated truce in Yemen this Sunday, which would bring further life-saving relief to millions of Yemenis,” tweeted Blinken.
On Friday, Blinken also to spoke Hans Grundberg, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, and expressed the US’ strong support for his efforts to extend and expand the truce in Yemen.
Blinken noted that after eight years of war, “the truce presents Yemen’s best opportunity for peace in years, providing Yemenis much-needed relief and the longest period of relative calm”.
He expressed the US’ unwavering commitment to Yemen’s peace efforts, and support for a durable resolution to the conflict that enables Yemenis to determine their future through an inclusive, Yemeni-led political process that addresses the people’s calls for justice and accountability and ends foreign interference.
Grundberg visited Muscat on Tuesday, where he met Sayyid Badr and other senior Omani officials. He praised Oman’s critical role in supporting the UN efforts.
On Monday, he met with the President of Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, Dr Rashad al Alimi, in Riyadh to discuss ongoing efforts to implement and extend the truce. Grundberg briefed President Alimi on the latest developments and discussed the UN’s truce proposal.
During his visit to Riyadh, the Special Envoy also met with senior Saudi officials who expressed Saudi Arabia’s strong support for the UN efforts to extend the truce in Yemen in order to reach a comprehensive ceasefire and a durable political settlement.
On September 21, official representatives of the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council and the European Union, Germany, Kuwait and Sweden, met to discuss concrete steps to support an extension of the truce agreed upon by the Yemeni parties until 2 October and the start of a political process to end the conflict in Yemen.
The Netherlands, Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated as guests.