The US State Department said on Friday that the US special envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, began a tour of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman on Thursday, while members of his team have traveled to Jordan, as part of intense diplomatic efforts to extend an UN-mediated truce in Yemen and bolster peace efforts.
The State Department announced, “The special envoy and his team will focus on helping to meaningfully expand benefits of the truce to all Yemenis and pave the way for a permanent ceasefire and an inclusive, durable Yemeni-led resolution to the conflict.”
The recent instability in Shabwa and the need for a return to calm after fighting intensified in the oil-rich eastern province will be discussed by Lenderking, in addition to highlighting the need for additional financial assistance for the Yemeni people.
The State Department added, “The United States has already provided over $1 billion in humanitarian aid this year alone, bringing our total contribution to the humanitarian response in Yemen to nearly $5 billion since the crisis began eight years ago.”
“We urge donors both to give generously and to make previous pledges immediately available for the sake of the people of Yemen,” it underlined.
Moves designed to quickly end sedition in Shabwa and hold to account those responsible were announced by the head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, on Wednesday.