center_img The Geneva talks will be a test for the U.N.’s new envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who this month held meetings with rival political players in the country. At the time, the Houthis expressed readiness to resume peace talks in a “neutral” country.Both the Yemeni ambassador and the Saudi ambassador to the U.N., Abdallah Al-Moualimi, on Wednesday ruled out Iran’s participation in Geneva. Western countries accuse the Shiite power of backing the Houthis militarily, something the Islamic Republic and the rebels deny.“There is no place for Iran in the consultations in Geneva,” Al-Moualimi told reporters. “They have not been playing a constructive role, and as such cannot be rewarded by having a seat at the table.”The U.N. has not said exactly who has been invited to the talks but has described them as U.N.-facilitated discussions among Yemeni parties. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the format of the talks was still being worked out.Haq said Ahmed is expected to visit Tehran on Thursday for meetings with Iranian officials on Yemen.The Yemeni ambassador, Alyemany, also said former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi figures on a U.N. sanctions list would not participate in the talks. The Security Council this year imposed an arms embargo on Houthi leaders and on Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 as part of a U.N.-guided transition. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A Yemeni man, who was stranded in Egypt after conflict broke out in Yemen, prays and kisses the ground after arriving at Sanaa airport, Yemen, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The airport was opened temporarily as two planes, one from India and one from Egypt, arrived carrying more than 300 Yemeni. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img