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Yemen's exiled president backs out of scheduled talks with Shiite rebels

  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Yemen's then Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi attends an inauguration ceremony for his presidential election campaign, in Sanaa, Yemen. The office of Yemen's internationally recognized president says he will not participate in U.N.-brokered talks later this week with Shiite rebels who control the capital and much of the country's north. The Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, statement said there would be no talks with the rebels, known as Houthis, unless they accept a U.N. resolution that obliges them to withdraw from areas they seized and surrender weapons taken from state institutions. President Hadi fled Yemen earlier this year, and his government is currently based in Saudi Arabia, which is leading a U.S.-backed coalition that has been striking the Iran-supported rebels from the air since March. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Yemen's then Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi attends an inauguration ceremony for his presidential election campaign, in Sanaa, Yemen. The office of Yemen's internationally recognized president says he will not participate in U.N.-brokered talks later this week with Shiite rebels who control the capital and much of the country's north. The Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, statement said there would be no talks with the rebels, known as Houthis, unless they accept a U.N. resolution that obliges them to withdraw from areas they seized and surrender weapons taken from state institutions. President Hadi fled Yemen earlier this year, and his government is currently based in Saudi Arabia, which is leading a U.S.-backed coalition that has been striking the Iran-supported rebels from the air since March. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Debris and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting rebels, known as Houthis, and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Debris and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting rebels, known as Houthis, and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Debris and smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting rebels, known as Houthis, and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Debris and smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting rebels, known as Houthis, and forces fighting for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The office of Yemen's internationally recognized president says he will not participate in U.N.-brokered talks later this week with Shiite rebels who control the capital and much of the country's north.

Sunday's statement said there would be no talks with the rebels, known as Houthis, unless they accept a U.N. resolution that obliges them to withdraw from areas they seized and surrender weapons taken from state institutions.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen earlier this year, and his government is currently based in Saudi Arabia, which is leading a U.S.-backed coalition that has been striking the Iran-supported rebels from the air since March.

Yemen's conflict pits an array of forces against the Houthi rebels, who are allied with security forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.