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|11 December, 2017

UAE's Abdullah bin Zayed chairs meeting of Quartet Committee on Yemen

Meeting was attended by Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, UK Foreign Secretary, and US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa attend press conference after their meeting that discussed diplomatic situation with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt July 5, 2017. Image for illustrative purposes.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa attend press conference after their meeting that discussed diplomatic situation with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt July 5, 2017. Image for illustrative purposes.

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ABU DHABI- H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on Sunday chaired a meeting of the Quartet Committee on Yemen in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting was attended by Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary, and Timothy Linder King, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, was also in attendance.

The meeting assessed the situation in Yemen in light of the exclusionary and violent measures carried out by Houthi militias trying to impose their control over the Yemeni capital, as well as ways to enhance humanitarian support throughout the country.

The participants commended the efforts of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Yemen, in moving the political process, and discussed Iran's support for the Houthi militias, which they said is dragging the war and undermining political efforts.

The four countries agreed to hold their meetings periodically, with the next meeting scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

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