His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah meets UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (Archive)
Griffiths at the Security Council meeting on Yemen
UN envoy for Yemen extolls His Highness Kuwait Amir's peace efforts
NEW YORK-- UN Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Thursday lauded His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's successful efforts in addressing the challenges of ending war and establishing peace.
He told the UN Security Council that he had met His Highness the Amir in Kuwait early this week, saying "His Highness the Amir's life should be a source of inspiration to all of us".
On Yemen, he invited the warring parties to talks in Geneva in September aimed at ending the three-year conflict, saying the pace of fighting has increased and "the Red Sea is now a theater of war".
He said the time is long past to resume the political process, and after consulting the internationally recognized government and Houthi militias he plans to invite them for consultations in Geneva on September 6, including to discuss a framework for peace negotiations.
Griffiths said the U.N. is still trying to avoid a battle for Hodeida, but while the gap between the Houthis and the coalition has been narrowed considerably, "I am concerned that Hodeida could be a flashpoint." He added that he was confident that a political solution could be reached in Yemen in line with relevant UNSC resolutions, Gulf Initiative and Output of National Dialogue.