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Yemeni peace talks on track for historic deal
April 28, 2016, 8:44 am
Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah

The intra-Yemeni peace talks are proceeding towards a historic achievement regarding the political, security and economic topics of the agenda suggested by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

The UN envoy said that the talks are close to an agreement on the measures to bolster up the ceasefire and the activation of the truce monitoring committee in collaboration with local observers.
Amid positive atmospheres, Cheikh Ahmed decided Wednesday to hold separate meetings with the negotiating teams.

He discussed with head of General People's Congress delegation Aref Al-Zouka, head of Ansarullah group delegation Mohammad Faletah, and Yemeni Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Mikhlafi, the agenda of consultations and how to build on the progress made yesterday.

The three negotiating teams sent reassuring messages on the progress of the talks and reaffirmed commitment to the peace process.

Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah expected that today's talks would see "good results" thanks to Tuesday's progress in discussions pertinent to security, economic and political affairs.

Speaking to reporters following the fourth meeting of officials from the member states of the International Coalition to Counter Dae'sh or the Islamic State (IS), Al-Jarallah said His Highness the Amir held "fruitful" talks with Yemeni rivals yesterday.
 The Kuwaiti official voiced confidence that ongoing consultations held in Kuwait would lead to positive results.

In a related development, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) interior ministers appreciated, during their 17th consultative meeting in Riyadh, Kuwait's efforts to facilitate the talks since Thursday.

The GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani commended, in a statement following the meeting, the efforts made by the relevant authorities in Kuwait to guarantee success to the talks among the Yemeni stakeholders.

Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, attended the Riyadh meeting, chaired by Saudi Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

The talks focus on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution No 2216, the ongoing efforts to augment the ceasefire agreement that took force on April 10, and the implementation of the GCC Initiative and the outcome of the Yemeni National Dialogue.

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