April 20, 2016 / 4:46 PM / 2 years ago

Yemeni government gives Houthis ultimatum to turn up to peace talks

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Yemen’s government said it would be forced to leave Kuwait if delayed peace talks did not start on Thursday and said its patience with its Houthi rebel enemies is running out, a statement published by Yemen’s Sabanew agency said.

Yahya Doad (2nd R), a member of the General Committee of the General People's Congress Party, and Mohammed Abdul-Salam (2nd L), head of the Houthi delegation to scheduled peace talks in Kuwait, gesture after they finish a news conference at Sanaa Airport, Yemen, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

U.N.-backed talks to end Yemen’s year-long war were meant to start in Kuwait on Monday but representatives of the Iran-allied Houthi group and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh did not turn up because of disputes over a shaky ceasefire.

Yemeni airport sources said on Wednesday that Houthi negotiators and their allies had left Yemen’s capital Sanaa and were on their way to Kuwait via Oman.

Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari, Writing by Sylvia Westall; editing by John Stonestreet

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