ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations announced Tuesday that Yemen's internationally-recognized government and the Houthi militia have agreed to renew the ongoing nationwide truce for another two months.
"I am pleased to announce that the parties have agreed to extend the truce under the same terms for an additional two months from August 2 until October 2," UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said in a written statement released on the UN website.
"This truce extension includes a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible," said the envoy.
He expressed his gratitude "to the leaderships of the parties for agreeing to this truce extension and for their continued constructive engagements in implementing and seeking an expansion to the truce."
The UN envoy confirmed that the main objective of the current truce continues to be to provide tangible relief to civilians and to create a conducive environment for reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict through a comprehensive political process.
Grundberg's declaration came after he held a series of meetings with representatives of Yemen's warring sides and high-ranking politicians during the past months to ensure a continuation of the nationwide truce that came into effect on April 2.
According to the state-run Saba news agency, Yemen's internationally-recognized government welcomed the extension of the UN-brokered truce according to the previous provisions.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.
The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million, and pushed the poorest Arab country to the brink of starvation.