US Envoy to Yemen to visit region in order to restart negotiations

US Envoy to Yemen to visit region in order to restart negotiations

The US Special Envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, has on Thursday began a new visit to the region, to discuss ways to end the war in Yemen.

The US State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that Lenderking will travel to Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman for talks with government officials.

The Department confirmed that Lenderking will work jointly with the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

According to the statement, the US official’s talks will “focus on ensuring the regular and unimpeded arrival of goods and humanitarian aid throughout Yemen, and the parties’ transition to a political process.”

Since taking office in January, US President Joe Biden has made Yemen a foreign policy priority, appointing Lenderking to help revive stalled UN talks in order to end the conflict.

Yemen has been witnessing a war for nearly 7 years, which has claimed the lives of more than 233,000 people, and caused 80% of the population of about 30 million people to be dependent on support and aid, in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world according to the United Nations.

The United States of America has been directly involved in the Saudi invasion of Yemen from the start, often collaborating with Riyadh in terms of military intelligence and controlling airstrikes