By: The Kabul Times
The UN announced the appointment of Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as the new envoy for Yemen on Friday.
Grundberg will take over for Martin Griffiths who will become the next under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Griffiths for his work and dedication to diplomatic efforts in Yemen over the years.
Grundberg is a veteran diplomat with a focus in the Middle East, according to the UN.
He was previously the chief of the Gulf Division at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served in other Swedish and EU missions in Cairo, Jerusalem and Brussels.
The Swede will have an arduous task as the Iran-backed Houthis continue to refuse to negotiate ceasefire proposals and they escalate their offensive on Yemen’s Marib.
The Houthis snubbed Griffiths earlier this year after he invited them to meet for discussions.