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UN: Yemen Government, Houthi Rebels Agree to New Ceasefire Moves

Yemeni government and Houthi rebels have agreed to enforce a ceasefire and facilitate a troop withdraw from the key port of Hodeidah, the United Nations said.

Representatives of the Houthi movement and internationally recognized Yemeni government met on a UN ship in the Red Sea for talks on Sunday and Monday, the UN said in a statement.

The two sides met as members of the “Redeployment Coordination Committee,” a body set up by the UN and chaired by Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard to oversee the ceasefire and troop exit.

Both sides would also have to agree on “local security forces, local authority and revenues,” the statement said, without elaborating.

In May, Houthi rebels announced an unilateral pullback from three ports in Hodeidah which the government described as a misleading move.

The Houthi announcement regarding their unilateral withdrawal from Hodeidah’s ports is the fourth in eight months after similar three pullback declarations that faced failure.

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