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Talks on prisoner swap resume in Geneva

Republican Yemen

Delegations of Yemen’s legitimate government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels have resumed talks in Switzerland on prisoner swap that was part of a peace deal reached in December 2018.

The UN Special Envoy Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Friday the delegates from the internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels sat down in Geneva for talks co-chaired by the International Committee of the Red Cross, expressing his gratitude to Switzerland for hosting them.

According to the office of the UN envoy, it is still unclear how long the Geneva talks would take.

Spokeswoman for the ICRC in Yemen Yara Khawaja welcomed the negotiations, urging warring parties to come to an agreement “for the of the families waiting for loved ones to return home”.

“It’s in the hands of the parties to the conflict to bring long-lasting positive change,” she said.

In late 20018, a deal to swap 1500 detainees, and a ceasefire truce agreement in the port city of Hodeidah were reached between the two sides, yet Houthis went on their military offensives on Marib and Al Jawf provinces, causing to put the implementation of the deal to be delayed.

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