Stockholm peace process for Hudaida continues, but so does escalation of the war with Houthi attacks on Saudi territory. Two more tankers hit. Since our posting of 13 May the war in Yemen has continued unabated, not only between the Houthis and the Saudi led coalition forces; Al Qaeda and IS remain active, though largely against each other. Pro-coalition statements routinely describe the Houthis as “Iran backed“, but independent commentators argue that while there is certainly Iranian involvement the Houthi/Iranian relationship is pragmatic and limited. The war has increased …
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Three summit meetings in Mecca next week may strengthen Saudi leadership of the Arab and Muslim world. Elsewhere there is much to do.
Yemen – Houthi withdrawal in Hudaida a small first step. The war goes on. Some unease among the arms suppliers.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
Yemen – the Stockholm ceasefire holding. Opposition to the war in Washington and London.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Morocco withdraws ambassadors from Saudi Arabia and UAE “for consultations”.
Pope Francis gets the red carpet in Abu Dhabi. A successful visit, and a modest boost for peace in Yemen.