Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks

Sweden's FM to tour Mideast to relaunch Yemen talks
A displaced Yemeni receives food aid provided by the World Food Programme, at a school in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. The U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen warned last Wednesday that unless significant new funding is received in the coming weeks, food rations for 12 million people in the war-torn country will be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children will be cut off from life-saving services. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is heading to the Middle East in an attempt to relaunch talks between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the country’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Wallstrom told Swedish Radio on Friday that she wants to “speak with as many people as possible,” adding she will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan, and plan to meet officials from the United Nations.

In December, both sides signed a U.N.-brokered peace deal in Stockholm, Sweden under mounting international pressure. However, violence in Yemen has continued unabated since then.

Wallstrom on Friday called that deal “fragile.”

She added: “I believe we have a great deal of trust with the parties and we believe that it is our responsibility to try to ensure that this agreement is implemented.”