SANAA (Sputnik) — Several Western and Arabic media outlets cited US foreign affairs department spokeswoman Marie Harf as saying on Tuesday that US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson had been meeting Yemeni warring factions in Oman to try and persuade them to come to Geneva for a peace conference.
“I can confirm that there are no Americans at the [negotiating] table. Saudis and other parties are attending, but not Americans,” Akhlak Shami, of the Houthi party’s political bureau, said. She added that the results of the talks will be announced on Thursday or Friday.
Almost 2,000 people have been killed and more than 8,000 injured in Yemen since the conflict escalated in March 2015, according to the most recent estimates by the World Health Organization. Last year, the Houthi group seized control of the capital Sanaa and forced the government out.