August 29, 2016 / 1:07 PM / a year ago

Yemeni Houthi delegation meets Iraq foreign minister, ministry says

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari speaks during a news conference with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in Baghdad, Iraq February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met on Monday with representatives of the Shi‘ite Houthi movement fighting in Yemen’s civil war, the ministry said on its website.

Yemen’s Houthi-run governing council said on Sunday it was ready to restart peace talks with the country’s exiled government backed by a Saudi-led coalition, provided the coalition stopped attacking and besieging Houthi-held territories.

The Shi‘ite-led Iraqi government has uneasy relations with regional Sunni power Saudi Arabia.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by John Stonestreet

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