Saudi Arabia has invited a delegation from Sana’a to visit the kingdom for talks as part of its efforts, along with Oman, to reach a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen and achieve a sustainable political solution acceptable to all Yemeni parties.
Houthi and Omani envoys are headed to Saudi Arabia for the talks, two people involved in the talks said. Houthi officials were travelling to Riyadh late last night with the Omani mediators, who landed in Sana’a yesterday, the sources said.
The trip will be the first official visit by Houthi officials to the kingdom since the war broke out in Yemen in 2014, after the Iran-backed group toppled the government in Sana’a. The first round of the Oman-mediated consultations between Riyadh and Sana’a, which are running in parallel to UN peace efforts, was held in April when Saudi envoys visited Sana’a.
Sources speaking on condition of anonymity have told Reuters that the talks will focus on a full reopening of Houthicontrolled ports and Sana’a airport, payment of wages for public servants from oil revenues and rebuilding efforts.