India welcomes renewal of truce in Yemen, hopes for lasting peace

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New Delhi, June 3 (UNI) India on Friday welcomed the agreement between the government in Yemen and Houthi rebels to renew the truce for an two additional months, and hoped it would lead to further political dialogue for ending the conflict and restoring peace in Yemen.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said:

“We welcome the agreement between the parties to the Yemeni conflict to renew the current truce for two additional months.

“We are encouraged by this development, the reduction in violence in Yemen during the ceasefire over the past two months as well as the first face- to-face meeting under the UN auspices between the parties to the conflict.

“We hope that these developments would lead to further political dialogue between the parties for ending the conflict and restoring peace, security and stability across Yemen.”

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, on Thursday announced the extension of the Yemen truce for another two months.

The truce was extended according to the same provisions of the original agreement that entered into force on April 2.

Grundberg said in a statement that the parties to the conflict responded positively to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the truce in force from June 2.

The conflict between Yemeni Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Houthis began in 2015, a few months after the rebels took over the capital, Sana’a.

Grundberg said that over the past two months, the country’s people have experienced the tangible benefits of the truce, and that civilian casualties have dropped significantly, fuel deliveries through Hudaydah port have increased considerably, and commercial flights have resumed at the main airport in Sana’a, after nearly six years.

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