Yemen's warring parties continue discussions to reach peace‏

Representatives of Yemen's warring factions continued on Tuesday their discussions on implementing a new peace initiative proposed by Saudiu Arabia, a government official told Xinhua.


The local government official, who asked to remain anonymous, said that "there are extensive regional and international mediation efforts aimed at convincing the Houthi rebel group and Yemen's government to begin with the implementation of the Saudi peace inoitiative declared last week."


He said that "the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the U.S. special envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, are still holding private talks with the Houthi representatives in Oman following similar discussions with the government representatives based in Saudi Arabia."


Last week, Saudi Arabia declared a new peace initiative that included a nationwide cease-fire, opening Sanaa airport, allowing fuel and other commodities into Yemen through the country's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, and resuming the stalled political negotiations to end the conflict.


The Yemeni official explained that "the ongoing discussions are still facing difficulties regarding the details of implementing the Saudi peace initiative as both sides are placing pre-conditions."