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PRESS RELEASE : UK statement on developments in Yemen [April 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 18 April 2023.

The UK has issued a statement on the growing momentum towards securing peace in Yemen.

FCDO Spokesperson:

Efforts to secure peace in Yemen are gaining momentum. The country has experienced reduced levels of conflict for more than a year and Yemenis can travel more freely. The recent visit to Sana’a by the Saudi and Omani delegations, led by Saudi Ambassador Mohammad al Jaber, represents progress in efforts to secure a formal ceasefire and ultimately end the eight-year conflict. We look forward to the continuation of these discussions after Eid Al Fitr.

The return of hundreds of former detainees to their homes is also a welcome development; for the individuals, their families, and for prospects for peace. We congratulate the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN, and all those involved in their safe return. If all parties engage constructively, Yemen can build on these positive developments for the benefit of the whole nation.

The crucial next step is inclusive Yemeni-Yemeni talks, under the auspices of the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg. The UK strongly encourages all parties to now support his efforts towards an enduring end to the war.

Peace is the only way to improve the dire humanitarian situation in the country and allow Yemenis to rebuild their special country.