UN welcomes Houthi offer to end attacks on Saudi Arabia

UN welcomes Houthi offer to end attacks on Saudi Arabia

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Sanaa, Sep 22: The UN has welcomed a proposal from Yemen's Houthi rebels' that they will stop attacking Saudi Arabia, saying it "could send a powerful message of the will to end the war" in the country.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths called on all parties in the four-year conflict to take advantage of the opportunity it offered and urged further action to "reduce violence, military escalation and unhelpful rhetoric", reports Sky News.

Friday's statement by Mahdi al-Mashat, head of Houthi's supreme political council said the group will cease missile and drone attacks on its much larger neighbour to the north, warned that continuing the war could lead to "dangerous developments".

It came nearly a week after Houthis have repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Abqaiq oil facility and the Khurais oil field on September 14 which affected markets around the world.

The Iranians have denied any involvement, but that has made little impact in Riyadh, as the country's minister for foreign affairs said on Saturday it will do whatever it takes to defend itself against Iran. (UNI)