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UN envoy, Houthi leader meet ahead of peace talks

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UN envoy Martin Griffiths met with Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi onThursday to discuss logistics ahead of planned peace talks in Sweden in December.

The two men addressed what can facilitate new discussions in December and procedures needed to transport the injured and sick for treatment abroad and bring them back to Sanaa.

The UN envoy is working on preparations for the upcoming peace talks in Sweden, and he has met with many Houthi leaders in Sanaa.

Griffiths was supposed to visit ports and Hodeidah city in Western Yemen on Thursday, but the visit has been postponed without any reasons announced with expectations of the visit happening on Friday.

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

Last week, Griffiths told the Security Council that he intends to convene peace talks 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.