Saudi Arabia to host conference on Yemeni crisis

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Saudi Arabia will host a conference next week to discuss political solutions to the Yemeni crisis, Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.

Organized by the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the event will be held under the sponsorship of Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

The conference will discuss several issues, including the 2011 GCC Initiative, its executive mechanisms, the peaceful transition of power, the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference and Security Council resolution 2216, said Abdulaziz Hamad Al-Awaisheq, GCC assistant secretary-general for political affairs and negotiations.

The conference will also discuss the UN efforts to end the Yemeni crisis through reaching a peaceful solution based on the agreed terms of references and steps to complete the initiative.

Last week, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths announced that after two years of stalled talks on resolving the crisis in the country, he plans to invite the warring parties to Geneva on Sept. 6 for peace consultations. 

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