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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 12 October 2021

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Ceisteanna (228)

John Brady


228. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of the conflict in Yemen and the efforts Ireland is making at both an EU level and on the UN Security Council to attempt to address the conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49885/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, driven by seven years of conflict, economic collapse and the breakdown of public institutions and services which has left over 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Ireland along with all EU member states fully supports the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg in his efforts to secure a nationwide ceasefire, and the resumption of an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process, as set out in relevant United Nations resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2216 (2015).

As part of our role on the Security Council, Ireland is maintaining a very high level of engagement on Yemen with key parties in the region. I have engaged extensively with both the Government of Yemen and countries of the region this year to urge them to work urgently and constructively towards a sustainable peace. At the High Level Week in New York last month, I met with the Foreign Ministers of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran, urging all to support efforts towards peace in Yemen.

The EU also continues its active diplomatic outreach to relevant actors in support of the efforts of the UN Special Envoy. During his recent visit to the Gulf from 30 September – 4 October, EU HRVP Josef Borrell reiterated European Union support to the UN-led peace efforts.