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Discussion over Prisoners Exchange Due in Amman of Jordan

With no details regarding when the meeting would be, Jordan has on Tuesday agreed to a United Nations request to host a meeting between the legitimate government and the Houthi militia to discuss a prisoner swap deal that would allow thousands of families to be reunited, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

The meeting is due to be of a follow-up committee set up to discuss implementing the deal agreed in UN peace talks last month in Sweden between the Iran-backed Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.

The agreement to release detainees simultaneously was part of confidence-building measures that included a plan to withdraw from the contested port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions facing famine, and place it under the control of an interim entity.

The warring parties exchanged lists of some 15,000 prisoners for a swap agreed at the start of the Sweden talks and delegates said it would be conducted via the Houthi-held Sanaa airport in north Yemen and the government-held Sayun airport in the south. The process would be overseen by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The operation will require a Saudi-led military coalition to guarantee that air space is secure for flights, the ICRC said.

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