US calls for Yemen ceasefire, peace talks within 'next 30 days'

  31 October 2018    Read: 1004
US calls for Yemen ceasefire, peace talks within

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Tuesday for a ceasefire in Yemen and for parties to come to the negotiating table within the next 30 days., Daily Sabah reports.

"We have got to move toward a peace effort here, and we can't say we are going to do it some time in the future," Mattis said at a Washington event.

"We need to be doing this in the next 30 days."

The United Nations has labeled Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis. After three and a half years of war, 22 million Yemenis — or three-quarters of the population — depend on aid supplies.

One of the Arab world's poorest countries, Yemen has been embroiled in a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.

The conflict intensified when Saudi Arabia and other allies started an air campaign in March 2015 to halt the Iran-backed group's advance towards Aden, the temporary seat of the government.

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