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The US Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, met with the Under-Secretary of the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Isa al-Harthi, on 29 November to discuss efforts to find a political solution to Yemen’s crisis, according to Anadolu Agency.
According to Oman News, Lenderking met with Al-Harthi in Muscat and reviewed “efforts” to assist Yemeni parties in reaching a “political solution” to achieve security and stability for Yemen and the region.
Earlier this week, the State Department announced that Lenderking would travel to Oman and Saudi Arabia to support “ongoing peace efforts,” according to Middle East Monitor.
In a statement, the State Department urged Ansarallah to “immediately cease their attacks on Yemeni ports” and asked the group to “work with the UN, and to acknowledge that the only way to end eight years of destructive war is through a negotiated, inclusive political settlement.”
Meanwhile, Hans Grundberg, the UN envoy to Yemen, met with Rashad al-Alimi, the head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, on 29 November to discuss “efforts” to find a political solution to the country’s situation.
According to a statement from Grundberg’s office, the discussions focused on the “efforts to deepen dialogue to find a political settlement.” There was no additional information provided about the conference.
This meeting comes when Yemeni and Saudi officials are engaging in continued “uninterrupted” peace talks in Oman since the expiration of the ceasefire on 2 October.
The west has reportedly increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict due to the oil supply cut by OPEC+; Washington fears that the ongoing conflict could have further implications on the global supply of oil and transport routes.
However, Yemen’s Ansarallah resistance movement says that the US is trying to “impede” efforts to achieve peace, as it has continued to establish a military presence to protect its Saudi allies for years.