0652 GMT February 18, 2019
In a statement on Wednesday, Macaire hailed the Stockholm talks as an opportunity for the warring parties to make progress towards ending the conflict through dialogue and negotiations, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“As we have consistently made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict. A political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability, security and lasting peace to Yemen,” the statement said.
The British ambassador said in the statement that the humanitarian crisis and the suffering of Yemeni civilians is deeply concerning for the UK. The halt in fighting in Hodeida is a positive step in protecting civilians and building confidence among both sides.
“We must do all we can to support the parties in de-escalating and reducing tensions and creating a conducive environment for the talks,” he added.
Macaire pointed to the important role the regional countries have to play in supporting these talks.
“We welcome international support for UN special envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths. We will continue to encourage both sides of the conflict to engage constructively in the Stockholm talks, to bring this conflict to an end. We urge all those with influence in the region to do the same,” he said.
Yemen is in the grip of a humanitarian disaster with millions facing starvation and disease after years of war on the country.
The Saudi-led war in Yemen started in March 2015 as an attempt to crush the Houthi movement and reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.