US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a two-day meeting with the leaders of Yemen’s two main rival political parties at the U,S.
embassy in Sanaa on Monday, an official told Al Jazeera.
“The two sides agreed to hold the meeting to discuss the next steps,” a State Department official told the news agency.
“Kerry will also meet the leaders and will provide advice on how to proceed from there.”
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to attend the funeral of his brother, King Abdullah, the Saudi newspaper Al Arabiya reported on Sunday.
It is not clear when or where the meeting will take place.
The United States has so far refused to send any American diplomats to Yemen, saying it would not be involved in the conflict.
“We have a very high level of concern for the people of Yemen,” Kerry said last week in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
“They are suffering, they are in dire straits, they have no infrastructure.
They have no electricity and no water.
They need international assistance, and I would urge all of the world to come together and help them.”
The United Nations has said it has received more than 400,000 calls from Yemen since April, with more than half of them coming from the country.
More than 9,000 have been killed in the war.