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    Saudi-Led Coalition Seeks Political Settlement Rather Than Ceasefire in Yemen

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    The Saudi-led Arab coalition strives for a comprehensive political solution to the conflict rather than a ceasefire in Yemen, coalition's spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said Monday.

    DUBAI (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Saleh Samad, the head of the Supreme Political Council formed by the Houthi rebels, proposed to stop shelling of Saudi border regions in return for the cessation of airstrikes carried out by the coalition against the Houthi positions.

    "I believe that the matter is not in the proposed ceasefire… The coalition welcomes any efforts to reach tangible political settlement instead of short-term uncontrolled and unmonitored ceasefire," Asiri said, as quoted by the Aden Al-Ghad media outlet.

    Asiri put the blame for ongoing hostilities on the Houthi rebels who the rejected peace initiative voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry in August, which stipulated that the Houthis should withdraw from the capital city of Sanaa and Yemen's north in return for ministerial portfolios in the government of national accord.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels since 2014. 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 has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request. A number of extremist groups, including Al-Qaeda, have also been operating in the country since the conflict unraveled.

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