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Saudi-backed side blocking Yemen talks: Ansarullah

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says delegates loyal to Saudi-backed resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi are blocking UN-brokered Yemen peace talks in Kuwait.

“The forces of aggression are blocking political discussions in Kuwait… by invoking false pretexts alongside a serious escalation,” Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam tweeted on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Yemen’s Ansarullah leader also criticized delegates loyal to Hadi for abandoning troubled peace talks.

Abdel Malek al-Houthi said his Ansarullah movement had already signed a ceasefire deal and accused the other side of stonewalling peace efforts and not abiding by the truce.

He said a political solution to the Yemen conflict is close at hand, but the obstinacy of the invading countries is an impediment to that goal.

Yemen has seen under almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015. More than 9,500 people have been killed in Saudi airstrikes during 13 months of Riyadh’s military campaign against the impoverished Arab country.

The peace talks on Yemen were halted on Sunday after the Saudi-backed representatives suspended their participation in protest at Ansarullah movement’s recent takeover of a military base in the northwestern Amran Province.

The peace talks on Yemen, which began on April 21 in Kuwait City, were entering their third week on Thursday but there has yet to be a breakthrough to establish peace as delegations trade accusations of violating the ceasefire that took effect on April 11.

The Ansarullah movement says ceasefire violations by the opposite side to the conflict indicate that they are not sincere in reaching a solution to end the conflict in Yemen.

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