Yemen Peace Talks to Begin Today In Sweden

Last Updated: Dec 06 2018 10:28

RIMBO: the United Nations (UN) announced, Peace talks between Yemeni government representatives and a rebel delegation will begin today in Sweden.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths' office tweeted, "The (UN special envoy) would like to announce the restart of the intra-Yemeni political process in Sweden on 6 December 2018,"

A 12-member government delegation, led by Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, arrived in Stockholm Wednesday evening, one day after a rebel delegation flew in from Sanaa -- accompanied by the UN envoy.

The Sweden meeting follows two major confidence-boosting gestures between the warring parties -- a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of 50 wounded insurgents from the rebel-held capital for treatment in neutral Oman.

According to the World Health Organization, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government's fight against the Huthis.

Rights groups estimate the toll could be up to five times as high.