"Let’s hope there will be new talks, and it will materialize some outcome. Let’s be optimists," Ambassador in Russia Ahmed Salem Wahishi said.
The ambassador stressed that the rebel movement representatives were the ones that did not show up for the negotiations in September that were promoted by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.
"They [Houthis] should recognize the international legitimacy, the resolutions of the Security Council. And they should come to negotiations because for the last talks, the [UN] special envoy Martin Griffiths came to our government, we agreed to come to the talks in Geneva. They decided dates for it… they agreed to come and at the last minute, they did not show up," the ambassador said.
The UN-mediated talks were expected to be held in early September in Geneva, but the representatives of the Houthi movement eventually refused to come, claiming that the Saudi-led coalition, which controls the Yemeni airspace, did not allow them to leave and return peacefully. According to the coalition, Houthis were given the green light to leave on time, but did not use the opportunity.
Yemen has been gripped by the civil war with the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fighting the Houthi movement. The government is backed by the Saudi-led coalition that has been carrying out airstrikes targeted at the areas controlled by the Houthis since March 2015.