FILE PHOTO: A Shi’ite Houthi fighter sits behind sandbags near a checkpoint in Sanaa December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/File Photo

March 16, 2022

RIYADH (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi group said on Wednesday it would welcome talks with the Saudi-led coalition but the venue should be a neutral country, including some Gulf states, and that lifting restrictions on Yemeni ports and Sanaa airport should be a priority.

“It is neither logical, nor fair that the host of the talks is also the sponsor of war and blockade,” the group said in a statement.

The Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was considering inviting the Houthis and other Yemeni parties for consultations in Riyadh this month, two Gulf officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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