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Saudi Arabia Refutes Reports on Secret Talks Between Riyadh, Houthis

Sputnik News

21:57 09.03.2016(updated 22:08 09.03.2016)

Riyadh has not held secret talks with representatives of the Houthi rebels on the settlement of the Yemeni crisis, Adviser to the Saudi Minister of Defense Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said Wednesday.

DUBAI (Sputnik) – According to Arab media, Yemeni Houthis and Saudis have been holding secret negotiations on the establishment of a truce for the delivery of humanitarian aid across the border.

'There are no negotiations with any party other than the legitimate Yemeni authorities,' Asiri told the Al-Arabiya radio station.

Earlier on Wednesday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malek Mekhlafi also denied reports that representatives of the Houthi rebels and the government of Saudi Arabia held talks on the peaceful settlement of the crisis in Yemen.

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Shiite Ansar Allah movement, also known as Houthi rebels, who have been supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Since late March last year, a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


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