The United States welcomes the UN’s announcement of a two-month truce in the Yemen conflict and the parties’ acceptance of its terms. The United States, led by the efforts of Special Envoy Tim Lenderking, has been actively involved in diplomatic efforts with the parties and UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg to facilitate this important step. We will continue to work closely with the UN to support the truce, which, if fully implemented, would halt fighting and attacks for at least 60 days and facilitate the flow of goods and people, bringing much-needed relief to millions of Yemenis as they observe the holy month of Ramadan.
The United States calls on all the parties to adhere fully to the UN truce for the sake of the Yemeni people. More than seven years of fighting has brought great suffering and destruction across the country. Yemenis are demanding peace. It is time for the parties to listen to them and seize this decisive moment.
With the UN truce in place, the parties should turn their efforts to securing a lasting ceasefire and participating in an inclusive political process led by UN Special Envoy Grundberg, which Special Envoy Lenderking will work closely with him to support. Achieving an enduring end to the conflict will require all parties to compromise and choose dialogue over violence. In doing so, the parties must focus on steps that will benefit the Yemeni people, including by opening roads in places like Taiz.
The United States is committed to supporting this effort and to creating the space for Yemenis to come together to choose a brighter, more prosperous future for their country.