Hodeida truce offers hope for Yemen peace

Hodeida truce offers hope for Yemen peace
Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yamani (left) and Houthi negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands as UN chief Antonio Guterres looks on in Rimbo, Sweden.

Next round of talks between government and Houthis in January.


Published: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:56 PM

Last updated: Fri 14 Dec 2018, 12:58 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port.
In a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh and final day of the UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shook hands to loud applause.
However, a number of issues remain unresolved and a new round of talks with take place at the end of January, Guterres said. Guterres announced that the government and Houthi rebels had agreed on a ceasefire in the port of Hodeida, the main entry point for imported food and aid.
"There is a ceasefire declared for the whole governorate of Hodeida in the agreement and there will be both from the city and the harbour a withdrawal of all forces," he told reporters. UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, who is due to brief the Security Council on Yemen on Friday, said the pullout should take place "within days".

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