Former Yemeni president calls for end to unrest

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called on militants to withdraw from all provinces in the country, and open a political dialogue to bring an end to the conflict.

In a statement, Saleh said that all parties should stop fighting and return to the dialogue process. He also called on all militants and armed supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to withdraw from the southern city of Aden, and hand over power to local authorities.

The former President said he is ready to reconcile with all parties that have opposed him since 2011.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthi rebels needed to stop fighting. He said the priority now is to find a location for peace talks, adding that the United Nations had already appointed a facilitator.