November 23, 2018 / 10:05 AM / 20 days ago

UN says ready to play supervisory role in managing Yemen's Hodeidah port

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations is ready to play a supervisory role in managing Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah, U.N. spokesman Rheal LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc’s statement, made at a briefing with reporters in Geneva, came as the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, arrived in Hodeidah, the focus of the war between the Iran-aligned Houthi group, which controls the city, and pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The U.N. envoy met with the management of Hodeidah port, an important supply line to the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, witnesses said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, writing by Maher Chmaytelli Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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