Yemen’s Houthi, Saudis hold talks to end war, source says

Yemen’s Houthis are holding indirect, “secret” talks with Saudis in a bid to end the country’s years-long war, a source close to the resistance group said on Thursday.

In September 2014, the Houthis overran the Yemeni capital Sana’a, triggering a devastating power struggle with the Saudi-backed government.

“There are secret talks under way between Houthi leaders and senior Saudi officials in the Omani capital Muscat through mediators,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

The source identified the mediators as the U.S., Yemen’s UN peace envoy Martin Griffiths, the Red Cross and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The talks were initiated after the Houthis proposed in September an end to their missile and drone attacks on Saudi territory in return for halting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen, according to the source.

There was no immediate official confirmation from Riyadh, or the allied Yemeni government.

In September, the Houthis claimed an attack on major Saudi oil installations, which Riyadh and the U.S. blamed on Iran, a blame which Iran since dissociate self from. (dpa/NAN)