UN Security Council to vote on sending observers to Yemen

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on sending observers to war-torn Yemen and endorsing the results of recent peace talks in Sweden, according to diplomats.

Britain’s draft text was subject to a week of particularly tough negotiations, with Russia threatening to use its veto if a mention of Iran supporting Huthi rebel attacks — imposed by the United States — was not removed.

In the final version to be voted upon, the phrasing “further condemning the supply, from Iran and others actors” became “from whatever source.”

The UN-brokered peace negotiations last week saw Yemen’s warring parties agree to a ceasefire and the withdrawal of fighters in the port city of Hodeida, a key gateway for aid and food imports. — AFP

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