Pakistan welcomes conclusion of Riyadh Agreement: PM Imran

Pakistan welcomes conclusion of Riyadh Agreement: PM Imran

Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Pakistan welcomed the conclusion of the ‘landmark’ Riyadh Agreement.

“Pakistan welcomes the conclusion of the landmark Riyadh Agreement, as a result of the initiative taken by the Saudi leadership and support by UAE Government. We believe it is a crucial and important step forward towards a political solution and durable peace & security in Yemen,” the PM shared in a tweet.

Earlier the day, a Saudi official confirmed that Riyadh is in talks with Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels in a bid to end the country's civil war.

"We have had an open channel with the Huthis since 2016. We are continuing these communications to support peace in Yemen," a senior Saudi official told reporters.

"We don't close our doors with the Huthis."

The official, who declined to be named, gave no further details on the talks but the development came after rebel missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities spiked over the summer, followed by a lull in recent weeks.

There was no immediate comment from the Huthi rebels, who seized Yemen's capital Sanaa and much of the country´s north in 2014, sparking a Saudi-led military intervention the following March.