Yemeni Foreign Minister Said to Have Resigned
Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani has submitted his resignation over differences within the government over the handling of the United Nations-led peace initiative in Hodeidah, Reuters reports, citing two anonymous ministry sources. Government officials reportedly faulted Yamani for not criticizing UN special envoy Martin Griffiths. Last month, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi complained about Griffiths’s performance in a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, accusing him of failing to properly oversee the agreement for a ceasefire and troop withdrawal in the port city of Hodeidah, widely considered the country’s lifeline as it handles the bulk of the country’s commercial and aid imports. The Houthis last month withdrew from three port facilities there. However the Saudi-led coalition has yet to pull back its own forces. The rebel group recently launched drone attacks on Saudi airports, with tensions yet to cease. The Iran-backed Houthi movement has been fighting the Saudi-backed Yemeni government since 2015 after the rebel group dislodged Hadi from the capital Sanaa a year earlier. The civil war has killed tens of thousands of people and has left millions on the brink of starvation.