In answer to questions raised at this morning's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, regarding the whereabouts of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed, this is to confirm that Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed is indeed "back in the region." The Special Envoy first spent a day in Paris where he met the Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius on 6 January. He then traveled to the United Arab Emirates, where he met the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Qarqash, and several other high-level Government officials.
The Special Envoy arrived in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today, where he will meet the Vice President and Prime Minister of Yemen Khaled Bahah, the Government of Yemen delegation to talks, Leaders of Yemeni political parties, as well as senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Special Envoy will be traveling to Sana'a soon.