A United Nations official said that the Yemeni government and the Houthis began, on Wednesday evening, in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to hold direct talks, the first of its kind between them, to open crossings and roads in Taiz and other provinces under the armistice agreement announced under the auspices of the United Nations.
The delegation of the internationally recognized Yemeni government arrived in Jordan on Wednesday after the Houthi team arrived on Sunday to discuss lifting the siege on Taiz.
“We want to support the parties by setting them on a path that may contribute to bringing Yemen out of the cycle of violence that has restricted people’s freedom of movement for more than seven years,” said UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg.
“The parties achieve their commitment under the armistice to work on an agreement that alleviates the suffering of Yemenis in Taiz and other governorates,” he added in a statement.
The international official considered the success of this meeting in opening the roads a success for Yemen as a whole.
A Yemeni official told Reuters that the Yemeni government’s negotiating team will focus, in its discussions in Amman, on the importance of the Houthi movement’s commitment to implement what is related to it in the armistice agreement, especially the opening of crossings and roads in Taiz and other governorates, which contributes to alleviating the suffering of millions of residents as a result of the continued siege on Taiz.
He stressed that the Yemeni government calls on the United Nations and its special envoy to put more pressure on the Houthis in this regard, especially that the government made many concessions to make the armistice agreement a success and facilitated the entry of ships loaded with fuel to the port of Hodeidah and the operation of commercial flights to Sanaa International Airport.
The Yemeni government and international and human rights organizations accuse the Houthi group of imposing a suffocating siege on the city of Taiz, the largest city in Yemen in terms of population, for seven years, which has disrupted all the necessities of life in the densely populated city under the legitimate government in central Yemen.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the city of Taiz witnessed a massive demonstration in which hundreds of residents participated, demanding the opening of crossings and roads in the besieged city.
The protesters raised banners and slogans denouncing the duplicity of the United Nations dealing with humanitarian issues, such as the opening of Sanaa airport and the port of Hodeidah since the start of the truce, while the ports of Taiz were not opened until Wednesday.