April 3, 2018 / 9:31 AM / 22 days ago

Yemeni foreign minister calls for peace talks, says aims to open ports

GENEVA (Reuters) - Yemen’s foreign minister called on Tuesday for a return to the negotiating table to end the war in the Arabian peninsula’s poorest country, where Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces are fighting Iran-aligned Houthi fighters.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi during the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, in Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

“We need to find the ideal solution which is a return to the talks table, to put an end the war, to return to a sustainable system supported by the people of Yemen,” Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said.

Addressing a U.N. conference in Geneva seeking pledges toward a $3 billion appeal, he added: “We aim to open up access to ports and airports” for humanitarian aid supplies.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by John Stonestreet

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