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Russia supports UN envoy’s efforts to achieve ceasefire in Yemen

According to UN statistics, the hostilities in Yemen have left 6,400 people dead and 30,000 injured

MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and UN Secretary General’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, have pointed to the need to ensure compliance with the ceasefire in Yemen, improve the humanitarian situation in that country and achieve the resumption of negotiations to resolve the conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday after a meeting between the two diplomats.

The ministry noted that during the conversation "the two diplomats discussed in detail the prospects for a political and diplomatic settlement in Yemen and the role of the UN and its Security Council in supporting peace efforts in light of the ceasefire announced by the special envoy the day before, which comes into effect overnight to October 20."

"(The two sides) noted the urgent need to observe the cessation of hostilities by the parties, resume the negotiations at an early date and counter the terrorist threat," the ministry said. "They emphasized a priority task to immediately improve the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country.".