Blinken holds call with Saudi foreign minister over Yemen truce

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Saturday with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to discuss the imminent expiration of the UN-mediated truce in Yemen on Sunday, the State Department said.

“The Secretary welcomed Saudi Arabia’s commitment to extending the truce,” the State Department said in a statement after their call. Yemen has been split by a seven-year-old war pitting a fractious coalition led by Saudi Arabia against the Iran-aligned Houthi group.

The Houthis largely hold the north and the internationally recognised government is based in the south.—AP

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