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    Yemeni Houthi Rebels Ready to Continue Peace Talks With Government

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    Supreme Political Council formed by the Houthis last month, expressed willingness to support any peace initiative if the Yemeni government and its allies stop all the military operations against the rebels, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Yemeni Houthi rebels have declared their readiness to resume peace talks with the government if all the hostilities in the country are terminated, local media reported on Sunday.

    According to the Saba news agency, the Supreme Political Council formed by the Houthis last month, expressed willingness to support any peace initiative if the Yemeni government and its allies stop all the military operations against the rebels.

    In August, the UN-brokered talks in Kuwait ended with the government and Houthi rebels failing to come to an agreement. As the talks broke down, the hostilities intensified in Yemen.

    On August 25, the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom have agreed on a new plan to resolve the ongoing conflict in Yemen, which includes prompt establishment of a new unity government in the country and the transfer of arms to a third party.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition force. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.

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