19 January 2020
The EU Ambassador to Yemen Hans Grundberg, together with the Ambassador of France, Christian Testot, and the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Irma van Dueren, are today commencing a mission to Sana’a as part of the EU continued engagement with Yemeni actors to encourage them to reach an inclusive political settlement. The EU seeks to encourage the ongoing de-escalation efforts and the resumption of intra-Yemeni political talks, under the auspices of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.
This mission follows last week’s consultations in Aden with the Government of Yemen and other key actors for the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. The EU diplomats have been holding meetings with all parties to the conflict, civil society organisations and EU project partners. They will call for unrestricted humanitarian access and an improved working environment for humanitarian actors, respect for human rights and improvement of the living conditions of Yemeni citizens throughout the country and discuss economic, developmental, environmental and cultural issues.
Ahead of the mission, the three Ambassadors stated: “The mission to Sana’a is an opportunity to deliver important messages. We look forward to positive engagements with Yemeni actors on a wide range of issues. We are particularly alarmed by the continued humanitarian suffering in Yemen and reiterate our call for an immediate end of the conflict. We are encouraged when we see dialogue between conflicting parties, hoping that this will soon lead to the resumption of a wider peace process under the auspices of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths. The time for peace in now.”
The EU remains committed to supporting Yemen and its people. The EU and its Member States are among Yemen’s top donors, notably in the areas of resilience, rural livelihoods and humanitarian aid. Since the beginning of the conflict, the European Union has provided Yemen with almost 1 billion Euros.