Saudi-led military operations in Yemen are nearing their end as the focus turns to political talks, Britain’s foreign minister said Wednesday, but heavy fighting continued in the city of Taez.

“We detect the military phase of this campaign is coming to a close as the coalition forces have established a dominant military position,” Philip Hammond told reporters after talks with King Salman and leading members of the royal family.

He said they focused on the need “for now accelerating the political discussion” and ensuring the Huthi rebels and their allies engage in “serious and sensible” talks. […]