Sweden says no date for Yemen talks set yet amid Houthi doubts

Swedish flags outside the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm. (AFP)

In the latest development surrounding finding a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, the spokeswoman of the Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that the final date for holding Yemeni peace talks has not been confirmed yet, adding in a statement to Radio Sweden that arrangements are underway for the talks.

The recent statement comes after news that the talks will start on December 6, conflicting with different statement issued by the pro-Iranian Houthi militias.

The head of the so-called Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, had confirmed participation in Sweden’s consultations, while the leader of the Houthis Mohammed Ali al-Houthi announced that the militias' delegation will arrive in Sweden on December 3.

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But the head of the delegation of the Houthis and their spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam doubted the ability of the UN's special envoy to Yemen to hold these talks.

For its part, the Yemeni legitimate government announced that its delegation will only travel to Sweden after the arrival of the Houthi delegation there.

On Thursday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations is close to creating conditions for the start of peace talks in Sweden between Yemen’s warring parties in early December, but there is no agreement yet.

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