Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels: Saudi official

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Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels: Saudi official

Riyadh (Web Desk): Riyadh is in talks with Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels in a bid to end the country's civil war, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.


"We have had an open channel with the Huthis since 2016. We are continuing these communications to support peace in Yemen," a senior Saudi official told reporters.

"We don't close our doors with the Huthis."

The official, who declined to be named, gave no further details on the talks but the development came after rebel missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities spiked over the summer, followed by a lull in recent weeks.

There was no immediate comment from the Huthi rebels, who seized Yemen's capital Sanaa and much of the country´s north in 2014, sparking a Saudi-led military intervention the following March.