Grundberg concludes his visit to Muscat after meeting with Omani officials and a Houthi leader

On Tuesday, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded a visit to Muscat, after meeting with Omani officials and a Houthi leader.

Grundberg said in a statement, “He concluded his visit to the Omani capital, Muscat, where he met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, Badr Al-Busaidi, and a number of senior officials in the Sultanate. He also met with Muhammad Abdul Salam, the chief negotiator of Ansar Allah (Houthis).”

The statement added that “Grundberg exchanged views with Al-Busaidi on the prospects for peace in Yemen, and thanked the Sultanate for its continuous support for the efforts of the United Nations.”

Grundberg added, “The Sultanate of Oman continues to play an active and important role with regard to peace in Yemen, and therefore those discussions were particularly fruitful,” according to the statement.

During his discussion with Abd al-Salam, the UN envoy reiterated his commitment to work with the parties in pursuit of a comprehensive political settlement to the conflict in Yemen.

Grundberg added, “Sustainable peace can only be achieved through a peacefully negotiated settlement. All efforts must be directed towards reviving a political process that will result in solutions that meet the aspirations of Yemeni men and women.

On Sunday, the UN envoy began a visit to Muscat, as part of his efforts to resolve the Yemen crisis.

For years, the United Nations has been making repeated diplomatic efforts, with the aim of reaching a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, but it has not succeeded in achieving tangible progress on the ground.

Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has killed more than 233,000 people, and 80 percent of the population, numbering about 30 million, has become dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.

The conflict has had regional spillovers, since March 2015, as a coalition led by the neighboring Saudi Arabia has carried out military operations in support of the government forces, in the face of the Iranian-backed Houthis, who control several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa.

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