Yemen's foreign minister says that his delegation is leaving Kuwait where the United Nations-mediated talks have been taking place for the past two months.

Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi told reporters on Monday that his delegation is not quitting the talks and that his government has approved a U.N.-proposed deal. He gave a deadline of Aug. 8 for the rival party of Shiite rebels and allies to give their approval.

The rebels, known as Houthis, have rejected the deal which forces them to hand over their weapons and withdraw from the cities. They control the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

This is the second round of talks to be held in Kuwait. The first round started in April and failed to make progress amid fundamental disputes over the agenda.