Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher (R) listens to his aide during a cabinet meeting of Yemeni ministerial council held in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 18, 2016. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher Wednesday rejected a unity government proposed by Iran-backed rebels whom he accused of bringing the country's economy to the brink of collapse.At U.N.-brokered peace talks which began on April 21 in Kuwait, the rebels made a transitional government of consensus a precondition for applying Security Council Resolution 2216 .On Tuesday, Yemen's government threatened to quit the peace talks unless U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed can provide a written guarantee from the rebels that they recognize Resolution 2216 and the "legitimacy" of Hadi's administration.Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi said his team will stay in Kuwait until the weekend and then take a decision. One foreign diplomat said he was "not optimistic," while raising the possibility of international pressure on the government to show greater flexibility over rebel disarmament and the transitional government proposal.
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