Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Yemen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak visiting Stockholm

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Yemen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak is visiting Stockholm on 9–10 September for talks on the situation in Yemen and Sweden’s support to the international peace efforts.

“The situation in Yemen is extremely serious. The visit of Dr Bin Mubarak is an important opportunity to discuss the crisis and how Sweden and other countries can contribute to a positive change in the conflict. The visit follows on from my trip to Yemen earlier this year and is a continuation of Sweden’s strong engagement in the peace efforts,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

During the visit, the ministers will discuss UN efforts for new talks between the parties to end the conflict, as well as the need of more international support to the Yemeni people. On 5 September, Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg took office as UN Special Envoy for Yemen and is now leading UN efforts for a political solution to the conflict.

During the visit, Dr Bin Mubarak will also meet with Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh, State Secretary Karin Wallensteen, the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sida and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. It is the first visit of a Yemeni minister to Sweden since 2018, when Sweden hosted the UN-led talks between the parties which resulted in the ‘Stockholm Agreement’.

The Yemeni conflict has caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in which two thirds of the population – 21 million people – depend on humanitarian assistance. More international financing for the UN’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen is needed during the year. This will be discussed at the meeting with Mr Fridh.

“We are seeing a growing risk of widespread starvation in the country. More countries need to do more to keep the UN’s life-saving measures in place. Sweden and Switzerland co-hosted the UN’s pledging event for Yemen in March, during which USD 1.7 billion was pledged for the UN’s humanitarian activities, but more is needed. We will also discuss how a combination of humanitarian aid, development initiatives and diplomatic support can pave the way for peace,” says Mr Fridh.

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Jennie Zetterström
Press Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde
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