Ex-Yemen leader’s party says it would welcome a cease-fire
smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike on Sanaa - AP

SANAA: The political party of Yemen’s former longtime autocrat has welcomed a United Nations resolution calling for a cease-fire in the country, urging on all involved in the conflict to observe it.

In a statement issued Sunday on its website, Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress said that it would “respond positively” to the U.N. Security Council resolution issued last week.

The resolution demands that all Yemeni parties, especially the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, end violence and return swiftly to U.N.-led peace talks aimed at a political transition. It makes no mention of the Saudi-led airstrikes targeting the rebels and pro-Saleh forces allied to them.

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