The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, concluded the Yemeni peace talks in Sweden on Thursday, saying that an agreement has been reached on one of the most important issues in Yemen; the Red Sea city of Hodeidah and its ports.
The Sweden deal emphasized on the following:
- Committing to a ceasefire in the city of Hodeidah and its ports.
- Strengthening the presence of the United Nations in the city of Hodeidah and its ports.
- Committing to not bringing any military reinforcements to both conflicting sides.
- Facilitating free movement of civilians and goods.
- Opening corridors for the arrival of humanitarian aid.
- Depositing of all port revenues in the Yemeni Central Bank.
- Removing all military manifestations in the city.
- Clearing the city of Hodeidah and its ports from mines.
- Yemeni security forces will handle Hodeidah and its ports’ security as per the Yemeni law.
- Withdrawal of Houthis from the Hodeidah, Salif, Ras Eissa ports in the next 14 days.
- A complete withdrawal of Houthis from the city of Hodeidah in the next 21 days.
Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah has a strategic importance as it is considered the country’s main gateway for humanitarian aid, a militant gateway where Houthis smuggle in weapons, as well as a major passage to the capital of Sanaa.