Ansarullah gives names of negotiators to UN for talks
The leader of Yemen’s Houthis, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has confirmed that the Ansarullah movement will participate at UN peace talks in Switzerland next week.
Al-Houthi said his faction has presented to the United Nations the list of its representatives to the forthcoming talks.
“We handed over the names of our negotiating delegation to the UN,” al-Houthi said in a statement posted on Ansarullah’s Facebook page.
The statement said a draft agenda for the talks, due in Switzerland next week, had been agreed with the UN, calling for a “serious and responsible dialogue.”
Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam also said the movement had reached an agreement with the UN over securing a ceasefire in Yemen, the complete removal of the naval blockade against the crisis-hit Arab country, and the resumption of political dialogue among all factions involved in the Yemeni crisis.
In a separate development, Yemeni army forces backed by fighters from Popular Committees targeted a Saudi frigate off the coast of the port city of Mokha, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, on Thursday evening.
A military source said Yemeni forces carried out a precision rocket attack against the vessel and set it on fire. The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity to the Arabic-language al-Masirah TV, said all crew members on board died in the attack, and the burning frigate submerged shortly afterward.
Separately, Yemeni troopers together with Ansarullah fighters wrested control over the strategic Ashqab Mountain in the al-Misrakh district of the southwestern Ta’izz province, cutting off the supply routes of militiamen loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring Hadi back to power.
More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools and factories.
There have been increased warnings that the aggression could strengthen the grip of terror groups across Yemen. Ansarullah fighters have been involved in battles with such groups.