December 6, 2019 / 11:34 AM / 2 months ago

Saudi Arabia's Jubeir says possible to calm Yemen situation ahead of settlement: Al-Arabiya

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends the Arab Foreign Ministers extraordinary meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis in Cairo, Egypt October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said there is a possibility of calming the situation in Yemen as a prelude to reaching a settlement in the four-year conflict, Saudi-owned channel Al-Arabiya cited him as saying on Friday.

Saudi Arabia released at the end of November a group of Yemeni prisoners belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi group, a step that may support efforts to end a war that has killed tens of thousands and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

“There is a possibility to calm down the situation that will be followed by a settlement in Yemen,” Jubeir told a conference in Rome, according to Al-Arabiya.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015, after the Houthis ousted the internationally-recognized government in Sanaa.

The conflict is seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis, who control Sanaa and most big urban centers, say they are fighting a corrupt system.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Toby Chopra

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