Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a significant meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, in Washington, D.C., where they discussed their joint efforts in promoting the UN-led peace process in Yemen. Spokesperson Matthew Miller provided the following information regarding the meeting:
The Secretary and Special Envoy focused on enhancing U.S.-UN coordination to advance lasting peace in Yemen. Secretary Blinken expressed his appreciation for the Special Envoy’s leadership and dedication to achieving a sustainable resolution to the conflict, closely aligning with the United States’ vigorous diplomatic engagement.
Both parties acknowledged the UN’s accomplishments, which have been supported through U.S. diplomatic efforts. Specifically, they commended the successful April 2022 truce and subsequent period of calm, which laid the groundwork for ongoing negotiations. This progress has been instrumental in creating an environment conducive to peaceful discussions.
Furthermore, Secretary Blinken and Special Envoy Grundberg reaffirmed their shared commitment to capitalize on the existing calm in Yemen. They emphasized the importance of an inclusive, Yemeni-led political process that addresses the aspirations of the Yemeni people, including their demands for justice, accountability, and redress for human rights violations and abuses.
The meeting between Secretary Blinken and UN Special Envoy Grundberg underscores the ongoing dedication of the United States and the United Nations in advancing a comprehensive resolution to the Yemeni conflict. Through continued collaboration and engagement, they aim to bring about a peaceful and stable future for Yemen, where the voices and concerns of its people are heard and addressed.