The UN’s Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths has met the country’s Huthi rebels in a push for new peace talks, as fighting continued Friday around the strategic port city of Hodeida.

Griffiths traveled to the Omani capital Muscat to meet the rebels after they refused to attend negotiations in Geneva last week.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, head of the Huthi delegation, and fellow rebel official Abdelmalak al-Ajri discussed the reasons for their absence from Geneva with the United Nations envoy, the rebel-run Saba news agency said.

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