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UN envoy arrives in Sanaa ahead of potential Sweden peace talks

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Martin Griffiths, UN envoy to Yemen, has arrived in Sanaa on Wednesday ahead of a new round of negotiations set to happen in Sweden by the beginning of December.

Griffiths will meet Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the top leader of the Houthi militias, along with other officials and the leadership of the General People’s Congress, based in Sanaa.

He will also negotiate ways for building trust and a peace plan with the above-mentioned parties.

The UN envoy will seek a Houthi withdrawal from the Hodeidah port, placing the port under UN supervision.

Griffiths is also set to discuss the completion of the exchange of prisoners and detainees.

The UN envoy for Yemen told the Security Council on Friday that he intends to convene peace talks “shortly” in Sweden in a bid to end the war, during a special security council session focusing on ending the conflict in Yemen.

The Yemeni legitimate government and the Houthis have shown a “renewed commitment” to work on a political solution and have given "firm assurances" that they will attend the talks, Martin Griffiths told the council.

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