After holding a series of meetings with various leaders and political actors in the temporary capital, Aden, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded his first visit to Yemen.
During his visit, Grundberg met with Prime Minister Maeen Abdul-Malik and Governor of Aden Ahmed Lamles. He also met with the President of the Southern Transitional Council, Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, the Governor of Taiz, Nabil Shamsan, and a number of political actors, including the components of the Southern Movement and the Hadhramaut Inclusive Conference. Mr. Grundberg also consulted with representatives of civil society and women’s rights activists.
In his meeting with the Prime Minister, the envoy welcomed the latter’s return to Aden and stressed the importance of the full implementation of the Riyadh Agreement to support stability and the work of state institutions. He discussed the deteriorating economic situation and the challenges facing the provision of basic services.
“The humanitarian and economic effects of war are becoming increasingly difficult to reverse with each passing day,” Grundberg said. “The war has transformed daily life in Yemen into a struggle. There is an urgent need to change course and work toward an inclusive political settlement that completely ends the conflict and allows Yemen to recover and grow.”
In his meetings, Grundberg also emphasized his commitment to inclusivity as a necessity for sustaining peace. He added, “Yemen has a rich history of political and social diversity. A sustainable solution is one that reflects the interests of diverse and broad segments of Yemeni society.”