Sana’a Center Chairperson Maged al-Madhaji and Yemen International Forum (YIF) Director Waleed Alhariri concluded a regional tour on March 15 that included visits to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Muscat for talks with officials on the latest developments in Yemen and to the Sana’a Center’s preparations for the second YIF set to be held in June.
The trip included meetings and briefings with government officials and diplomats from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the European Union, as well as talks with representatives from Yemen’s warring parties based in or visiting the Gulf capitals.
Al-Madhaji noted that the regional visit “was important for exploring the current positions of Gulf countries based on the latest developments in the conflict, including the negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi movement facilitated by Oman.”
The consultations with Yemeni, regional, and international officials also served as part of the Sana’a Center’s preparations for the second Yemen International Forum, hosted by the Netherlands and set to be held June 12-15 in the Hague.
YIF Director Alhariri said the planned event has become the largest annual gathering of Yemeni political stakeholders, youth and civil society actors, representatives of minority groups, activists, and journalists with key regional and international officials, representatives of international organizations as well as independent experts and peace practitioners.
“The Yemen International Forum is an open space for Yemeni actors to engage in problem-solving discussions that shape the future of Yemen,” said Alhairiri. “These Yemeni-led dialogues are also an invaluable platform for amplifying the voices of Yemeni civil and political actors who often find themselves at the margins of peace talks.”
The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think tank that seeks to foster change through knowledge production, with a focus on Yemen and the surrounding region. The Center’s publications and programs, offered in Arabic and English, cover political, social, economic, and security developments, aiming to impact policy locally, regionally, and internationally.