President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi received on Friday Vice President and Premier Khalid Bahah and discussed issues including preparations for the upcoming round of talks with the Houthi group, well-informed sources said.
The two also discussed developments in Taiz with a special focus on the offensive to drive the Houthi militants out of and lift blockade on this province, the sources said.
Moreover, the meeting in Yemen's temporary capital of Aden dealt with measures required to restore stability and security in regions retaken from the Houthis as a prelude to the return of the cabinet into Aden, they added.
After his short visit to Aden, Bahah headed to Riyadh where he and other members of the government have been staying for months, according to the sources.
Bahah's visit coincided with reports the UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh is due in Riyadh in coming hours for meeting with the government's delegates to the talks.
The talks were scheduled to start in mid this month.
Last month, the government, the Houthis and other factions including the General People's Congress, the party of the former president, participated in UN-sponsored talks in Switzerland.
However, they failed to reach a deal to end the ten-months conflict which has resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian situation.
On Friday night, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a speech aired on his TV, the Yemen Today, in which he said they will not hold talks with mercenaries hungry for power at the expense of their country's safety.
Instead, Saleh offered to hold talks with Saudi Arabia which has been leading an Arab military operation against Yemen since March.
He revealed some conditions for their participation in any future talks including that the Saudi-led coalition lifts blockade on Yemen and ends the bombing campaign.