UN Security Council meets to look into Sweden deal on Yemen

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The United Nations Security Council convened in a special session on Friday to look into the Sweden deal on Yemen.

UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who spoke through a video conference from Jordan, said that the negotiating delegations were successful in reaching a deal.

Griffiths announced to the Security Council that the ‘prisoners’ exchange deal in Yemen is expected to be implemented half way through next month," under the supervision of International Committee of the Red Cross, and the process will involve 4000 prisoners.

Griffiths added: "I thank the Saudi Crown Prince for his role in reaching the Sweden deal on Yemen, and the Yemeni president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi."

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Griffiths said the Yemeni government played an important role in reaching the Hodeidah deal.

“We aim to strengthen trust between the Yemeni conflicting sides in the coming days,” he added.

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The UN envoy stressed on the importance of a ceasefire in Hodeidah, which will allow the UN to play an effective role in the humanitarian field, he said: “We’re working on a UN plan to manage the Hodeidah port.”