Yemen’s pro-rebel ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh has said his group would rather hold talks with Saudi Arabia rather than the government delegation. Saudi has been leading a military campaign since March against Houthi rebels, who have been supported by Saleh loyalists. Saleh told his General People’s Congress (GPC) party, on Sunday that “we will not take part in [future] dialogue … unless the war ends.”
“And if the war ends, we will hold talks with Saudi Arabia and not with the delegate of escapees,” he said, in reference to the delegation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s internationally recognised government, which was forced into months of exile before returning in September to main southern city Aden.
The United Nations says the conflict in Yemen has killed more than 5,800 people since the Saudi-led intervention in March.
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