This event will explore ways in which both Yemeni society and its disparate political groups can begin to reach compromise.
The Yemeni civil war has now entered its fifth year and shows little sign of abating, with an estimated 12,000 civilian casualties, and a further 24 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. While the Stockholm peace talks in December were hailed as a potential breakthrough, the promised withdrawal of troops from Hodeidah port is yet to be seen, and the agreement reached has been criticised for focussing too narrowly on the crucial port city. Meanwhile violence in other parts of the country, such as Taiz and Hajjah escalates.
This event will bring key Yemeni government officials together with top level UK actors to express their views and preferences toward a political settlement, and to explore ways in which both Yemeni society and its disparate political groups can begin to reach compromise.
Session 1: 1015-1130
- Mr Mummar Al-Eryani, Minister of Information, The Republic of Yemen
- The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Former Minister of State for The Middle East and North Africa
- Chair: Michael Stephens, Research Fellow, Middle East Studies, RUSI
Session 2: 1200-1330
- Ambassador Dr Yaseen Saeed Noman, Ambassador to Court of St James, The Republic of Yemen
- Dr Nadia Al-Saqqaf, Former Minister of Information, Republic of Yemen
- Chair: Baraa Shiban, Research Director, Middle East. Reprieve