Yemen warring parties to travel to Switzerland to discuss prisoner releases

Injured Yemenis loyal to the Houthis take part in a rally against the Saudi-UAE-led coalition in Sanaa on September 14 Keystone

Delegations from Yemen’s warring parties will meet in Switzerland on Thursday to discuss a United Nations-backed agreement on prisoner releases, according to a Houthi spokesman and a UN source.

This content was published on September 15, 2020 - 15:55

The two delegations, which had been meeting in Jordan, are flying to Switzerland on Wednesday for week-long talks to finalise a deal on prisoner releases, the UN source said on Tuesday.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, chief negotiator of the Houthi movement, said his group’s committee was set to leave Sanaa on a UN plane.

The Iran-allied Houthis and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government are trying to reach an agreement to end a years-long war and ease a humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country.

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