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Mukalla, Yemen – The Sana’a Center launched today its two-day Intellectuals Conference in the city of Mukalla in the Hadramout governorate with the participation of a number of intellectuals, political activists, and journalists with the aim to create a safe space for these groups to discuss the way forward towards peace.

Representatives from the UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen along with high level diplomats from the European Delegation in Yemen and representatives from the German and Canadian foreign ministries will participate virtually in the conference sessions. 

The conference is scheduled to discuss the UN ceasefire plan, the future of the Yemeni state and “the southern issue,” as well as the role of non-state armed actors in the current war among other topics. 

Sana’a Center Executive Director Majed Al-Madhaji said that the conference restores confidence to Yemeni politics, debate and culture as crucial factors that will shape the country’s future. The event will also provide a platform for all participants who hail from various cultural and political circles and whose voices have been diminished since the outbreak of the war. 

Al-Madhaji noted that the conference is a first step towards restoring the presence of Yemeni intellectuals at the expense of the armed parties that have since monopolized the scene in Yemen, adding that he hopes the event will  pave the way for future meetings among Yemeni intellectuals.

The conference is the first of its kind to be held inside Yemen since the outbreak of the war six years ago.

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