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Arab coalition announces two-week ceasefire in Yemen

JEDDAH, April 8 (KUNA) -- Saudi-led Arab coalition Wednesday announced a two-week ceasefire in Yemen starting tomorrow Thursday.
The ceasefire can be extended in a drive to allow implementation on the ground of UN Secretary General's envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths' call for a meeting between the legitimate government in Yemen and the Houthi militias, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maleki was quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying.
The coalition, he reiterated, supported the Yemeni government's approval of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' call for a cessation of hostilities in order to confront spread of coronavirus.
Griffiths call would also build confidence between the Yemeni government and the houthis on the humanitarian and economic sides.
Al-Maleki said the ceasefire would contribute to a permanent cessation of hostilities and resumption of the peace process to ultimately achieve a full political solution for the Arab country. (end) nso.bs