Yemen FM \'99%\' confident of peace talks by end of this month

Friday 18/03/2016
Mikhlafi: We are hopeful that we are going to reach a solution

DOHA - Yemen's foreign minister said on Tuesday he was confident that UN-brokered peace talks would take place in Kuwait by the end of this month.

Asked if the discussions would happen before April, Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi replied that he was "99 percent" sure that the talks would go ahead.

On Monday, a Yemeni government official said that the peace negotiations would also be accompanied by a ceasefire in the war-torn country.

Mikhlafi's confirmation came as he attended the Al-Jazeera Forum in the Qatari capital.

"We are going to go to these peace talks and we will say we are ready to go anywhere and we are hopeful that we are going to reach a solution," he had said at the conference on Monday.

Yemen has been gripped by violence since September 2014, when the Iran-backed Huthi rebels stormed Sanaa and forced the internationally recognised government to flee south.

Mikhlafi's comments come almost a year since a Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign in support of the Yemeni government.

The World Health Organization says fighting in Yemen has killed almost 6,300 people, half of them civilians, since March 2015.