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Pompeo discusses Venezuela, Yemen in talks with UN chief

  • The Korea Times
  • 23 Feb 2019
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York, Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed peace efforts in Yemen and the crisis in Venezuela with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Thursday, a U.N. spokesman said.

The 35-minute meeting at U.N. headquarters was requested by Pompeo.

Pompeo and the U.N. chief “discussed the situation in Yemen, in particular the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and the importance of the parties to begin phase 1 of the redeployment from Hodeida,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“They also discussed the situation in Venezuela and the region,” he added, without providing details.

Yemen’s government and Huthi rebels have agreed on the first phase of a redeployment of forces from the Red Sea port of Hodeida, in line with a ceasefire deal reached in Sweden in December.

The port is the entry point for the bulk of humanitarian aid and supplies to Yemen, where millions are on the brink of famine.

U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths told the Security Council on Tuesday that he expected the pullback of forces to begin in the coming days, but by Thursday there had been no movement on the ground.

On Venezuela, the U.N. chief has called for serious political negotiations to end a standoff between leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president, and President Nicolas Maduro.

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