UN Envoy Announces Agreement on Initial Troops Withdrawal from Hodediah

The United Nations envoy forYemen says the internationally recognized government and the Iranian-backed Houthis have reached an agreement on the initial Redeployment of troops from the flash point of Hodeidah.

The UN envoy for Yemen told the Security Council today that he hopes the redeployments will be the first voluntary withdrawal of forces in the long devastating conflict.

Griffiths said agreement on the detailed plan for the phase one withdrawals was reached in negotiations between the parties and Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the U.N. operation monitoring the cease-fire and redeployment agreement reached in Sweden in December.

No comments have been made from the two sides yet.

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