The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday affirmed that the political solution is the only way out for the conflict in Yemen.
In a statement, the Council welcomed the consultations with representatives from all Yemeni parties and supports a UN-led political process in the country.
The Council members expressed their full support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths to bring about a political settlement in the country. "The members of the Security Council reiterated that there can only be a political solution to the conflict in Yemen."
Representatives from all parties in Yemen are scheduled to meet Thursday with Griffiths for peace talks in Geneva.
The 15-member body urges all parties to "seize this opportunity to de-escalate tensions" and to "take a first step towards ending a conflict that has brought severe pain and humanitarian suffering to the Yemeni people".
"These initial consultations will be a necessary and important step towards the comprehensive and inclusive security and political agreements that will be required to resolve the conflict, improve the humanitarian situation, and bring peace, prosperity and security to all Yemenis," it said.
The statement also called for the implementation of several resolutions including UN resolution 2216 (2015), which imposes an arms embargo on individuals identified by the Security Council.
"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen," the statement added.
Source: International Islamic News Agency