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State Department: Yemen's Houthis passed up opportunity for peace

The State Department slammed Houthi rebels for turning down the chance to meet with the UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths.
Lenderking and Griffths

In turning down a meeting with the United Nations’ Yemen envoy, the Houthi rebels missed out on a chance to show they are serious about ending the war, the State Department said Friday. 

“There is a fair deal on the table that will bring immediate relief to Yemeni people,” the department said. “The Houthis passed up a major opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to peace and to make progress on this proposal by refusing to meet with UN Special Envoy [Martin] Griffiths in Muscat — especially given the Republic of Yemen Government’s stated readiness to reach an agreement to end the conflict.”

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