France welcomes the results of the talks on Yemen led by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, which brought together representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthis in Sweden over the last few days.
The holding of these talks was in itself a first positive step. Substantial progress was made, notably including the exchange of a significant number of prisoners, the withdrawal of the armed forces from the port and city of Hodeidah and a ceasefire throughout the province, as well as a mechanism for a de-escalation in Taiz.
While Yemen is - according to the UN - experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (almost 75% of the population), the positive momentum in Stockholm must be extended by the holding of further political discussions as swiftly as possible. The only way to ensure lasting peace, relieve the humanitarian suffering of the population in Yemen, as well ensure the peninsula’s stability, is through a political solution.
France welcomes the constructive engagement of the parties and reaffirms its full support for the UN special envoy’s continued efforts. It thanks the Swedish government for hosting these talks and all states for lending their support to the discussions. France will continue to mobilize all its resources in support of the UN mediation efforts, in conjunction with its allies and all of its interlocutors in the region.