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Sunday 9 December 2018

Yemeni Govt Delegation Confirms Progress on Prisoner Swap

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STOCKHOML (Ruptly) — Member of the Yemeni government delegation at the Yemen peace talks in Sweden, Ali Ashal, confirmed that progress was made on a possible prisoner swap with the Houthi delegation, while speaking to the press on the fourth day of the UN-backed Yemen peace talks in Rimbo on Sunday.

“There was a direct face-to-face meeting between members of the prisoners committee, since the agreement [on prisoners exchange] was a success. Right now the meeting is going on with the participation of a representative of the Red Cross”, he said, adding “the committee is working on the procedures to implement this agreement, and that’s why there was a face-to-face meeting. More meetings may follow, and there may follow the handing over of lists with the names of the detainees, and these lists may be revised in accordance with the agreement.”

The UN-backed Yemen peace talks, aimed at putting an end to the country’s four-year-old conflict, are expected to run until December 13.

According to UN Envoy Martin Griffiths, the key issues to be discussed during the Rimbo peace talks on Yemen are further confidence-building measures, including an agreement on the exchange of prisoners, and the reopening of the Sanaa airport, among others.

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