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This round of meetings has been focused on building confidence among the warring parties, with pre-talk measures that included a prisoner swap agreement and the evacuation of wounded rebels for medical treatment.
Yemen to seek Hodeida port
The agenda will feature topics such as the opening of Sanaa airport, lifting the Houthi-imposed siege on Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz and fine tuning the details of the prisoner swap deal.
Yemen’s foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani, said ahead of the talks that his government would propose a four-point initiative “demanding the departure of the militia from the western coast and the handing over of the area to the government.”
The Yemeni government also plans on requesting that the rebel Houthis relinquish their control over the port of city of Hodeida.
Yemen’s war has left at least 10,000 people dead and generated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. International pressure has mounted for the two sides to end the conflict. The United States has called for a ceasefire and reduced some of its logistical aid for the Saudi coalition, while Iran has also signaled support for the talks.
jcg/ng (AP, dpa, Reuters)
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