On Thursday (10 June), the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, met with Yemeni Foreign Minister, Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell reiterated strong EU support to the Yemeni government and the people of Yemen, highlighting the significant work of the EU in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.
The two sides discussed the latest, intense efforts of the international community for a ceasefire in Yemen. The High Representative mentioned the recent visit of Swedish Foreign Minister, Ann Linde, to the region, whom he mandated to convey a strong message in support of peace. Both the High Representative, Borrell, and the foreign minister, bin Mubarak, agreed that the onus is on the Houthis (Ansar Allah) to engage constructively on the current plan tabled by the United Nations.
The High Representative expressed deep concern about the situation in the country, as fighting continues on several fronts, the economic collapse and the dire humanitarian situation. He noted the importance that the Yemeni Government coalition partners fully implement the Riyadh Agreement. He reiterated his call on all parties to the conflict to cease hostilities without delay, and to commence inclusive political talks. He also recalled the EU condemnation of all attacks on civilians and emphasised the importance of an inclusive peace process.
Borrell stressed the need for full facilitation of humanitarian work across Yemen. This is vital to avert famine and address extreme levels of malnutrition in the country.
Bin Mubarak is on a European tour. In Brussels he has met with European Union and Belgian officials, including his Belgian counterpart, Sophie Wilmès. He said that his European tour aims to explain the government's readiness for sustainable peace. He reiterated that the solution to the humanitarian crisis starts by ending the war that the Houthis have started.