US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Saudi officials and called for an end to Yemen’s 17-month conflict.
"This war needs to end and it needs to end as quickly as possible," Kerry said on Thursday, following a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and his other (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council counterparts, Britain's Foreign Office junior minister Tobias Ellwood and UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to Yemen.
He said participants in the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed on a renewed approach to talks between the Saudi-backed government of Yemen and Houthi fighters.
The previous rounds of negotiations were held in Kuwait and ended earlier in August without reaching a conclusion.
The top US diplomat added that the initiative to halt the bloodshed in Yemen demands that the Houthi fighters lay down arms and hand over their weapons to a third party.
Kerry failed to mention the Riyadh’s bombardment of Yemeni civilians inside cities and towns of the war-torn country which has killed nearly 10,000 people since March last year. But he condemned the missile attacks of the Yemeni forces at targets inside Saudi Arabia.
He went on to say: “This is a proposal that offers the Houthis an opportunity to have confidence in the government structure that will be put in place.”
Washington has supported Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen since its beginning in March 2015. The war has threw Yemen into a state of emergency as thousands of people were killed and injured.