A New Envoy to Yemen

A New Envoy to Yemen

The United Nations has appointed Briton Martin Griffiths as its next special envoy to Yemen, a news report said on Tuesday.

Martin Griffith, the new United Nations envoy to Yemen, began his efforts to bring peace to the country. He is working with the legitimate government in the temporary capital Aden to establish a permanent office for him, in a step that the government has taken as a positive one.

This comes after Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Monday that he will step down from the role as an envoy to Yemen by the end of the next month. He had been in the position since April 2015.

News of Mr. Griffiths' appointment came as British foreign minister Boris Johnson hosted talks with his UAE, Saudi and US counterparts to discuss the next steps for reaching a political resolution to the Yemeni conflict.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Johnson tweeted that "a political settlement is the only long term solution for Yemen."

For his part, Abdul-Raqeeb Fateh, the Minister of Local Administration in the government and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief, welcomed the international initiative to open the office of the representative of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations spokesman for Yemen in the interim capital Aden.

The Yemeni minister said in an official statement that the opening of the office will give the opportunity for the rest of the international organizations working in the relief and humanitarian field to exist mainly through its central offices in the temporary capital Aden. He renewed his demand for the rest of the UN organizations to open offices in Aden, and the rest of the governorates included in the plan (decentralized relief work) and the use of all sea and air ports to receive relief and humanitarian materials and delivery to the needy in all governorates.