Ankara welcomes the extension of the truce between the belligerents of Yemen

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Ankara on Wednesday welcomed the two-month extension of the truce in Yemen.

“We hope the truce will serve to open roads across the country and end the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement came after Yemen’s warring parties agreed to renew a UN-brokered truce for another two months.

Turkey pledged to continue to support dialogue efforts between the Yemeni parties towards a permanent ceasefire “and the resolution of the conflict on the basis of international and constitutional legitimacy”.

“Our solidarity is with the people of Yemen, as it has been until this day,” the statement added.

Under the truce first agreed on April 2, all military operations were halted. The agreement also allows the operation of commercial flights from the rebel-held Sanaa airport in the Yemeni capital.

A press release from the UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, hailed the achievement and urged all parties to work for a lasting peace in the war-torn country.

“In the coming weeks, I will intensify my engagements with the parties to ensure the full implementation of all obligations of the parties in the truce. This should include the implementation of the total number and regularity of flights between the agreed destinations and Sanaa International Airport and the number of tankers entering Hudaydah Port as stipulated in the truce agreement,” he said.

“It is also important to make progress in opening roads in Taiz and other governorates to facilitate the freedom of movement of millions of Yemeni women, men and children, as well as goods.”

The extension of the truce was welcomed by the warring parties. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also welcomed the announcement of the truce extension on Twitter, saying it “brings respite from conflict for millions and saves lives – the longest period of calm since the beginning of the war”.

Yemen has been mired in violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sanaa. The Houthis still control the capital as well as large swathes of territory despite a military campaign by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies since 2015 aimed at ousting them and restoring the Yemeni government.

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