UN welcomes release of Yemen Presidential aide

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Jamal Benomar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Yemen, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The release of a presidential aide in Yemen on Wednesday has been welcomed by the UN senior envoy to the country.

Ahmed Bin Mubarak, Director of the Office of the President, was held captive for nearly ten days by the Ansarallah opposition group.

The President and the Prime Minister of the Middle Eastern country both resigned on 22 January amid a takeover of the capital by Houthi militants.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The Special Adviser Jamal Benomar welcomed the release of Ahmed Bin Mubarak , the Yemeni President's chief of staff.

He also remarked that it would help reduce tensions and enable progress in ongoing negotiations that he has been facilitating.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"Special Adviser Mr Benomar urged Ansarallah to undertake steps that would be in the best interest of all political sides and the people of Yemen. Mr. Benomar also today convened another meeting of the National Partnership Agreement in Yemen (PNPA) who are signatories to the agreement."

Despite the formation of a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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