Doha, Qatar

21 May 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s trilateral meeting with H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and H. E. Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen

The Secretary-General met today with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and with H. E. Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen.

The Secretary-General appreciated the Amir’s leadership and support for several UN initiatives, including reconstruction in Gaza.

During the meeting, President Hadi of Yemen joined them. The Secretary-General underlined that peace negotiations are rarely smooth but that there was a need for commitment and perseverance by all sides. He said he strongly hoped that the talks that will shortly resume in Kuwait will lead to concrete results, and he appreciated Qatar’s support.

The Secretary-General requested his Special Envoy to respond to the recent letter received from the Government of Yemen. The President of Yemen confirmed that he will send the Government’s delegation back to the talks as requested by His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar and the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General added that in parallel to the peace talks, all parties needed to redouble their efforts to provide and facilitate humanitarian and other supplies, including fuel, to alleviate the appalling living conditions of millions of Yemeni citizens.