The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg concludes visit to Moscow
Amman, 26 November 2021 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg concluded a visit to Moscow today where he met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Vershinin Sergey Vasilievich and Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov.
In his first official visit outside of the region, Mr. Grundberg thanked Russia for its sustained support to the UN’s peacemaking efforts in Yemen and highlighted his appreciation for the joint efforts of the permanent members of the UN Security Council on the Yemeni file. “Russia’s long-standing relations with a plurality of actors in Yemen and its backing of the UN's efforts are important to bring Yemen to a peaceful settlement", Mr. Grundberg said.
Mr. Grundberg briefed Mr. Vasilievich and Mr. Bogdanov on his recent consultations with Yemeni, regional and international actors inside and outside Yemen. They discussed the need for a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement of the conflict in Yemen.
Mr. Grundberg reiterated his concern over the military escalation in Marib and the West Coast, highlighting the risks for further escalation. “We are facing a potential military escalation that will only increase the suffering of civilians. Increased international efforts are essential to convince all sides of the need to settle disagreements at the negotiation table".