Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days, govt delegate says

Delegates from the Houthi militias and the Yemeni government meet to discuss prisoner swap deal in Amman. (Reuters)

Yemen’s warring parties are expected to agree the terms of a prisoner swap in about 10 days, a representative of the internationally recognized government said on Wednesday, as part of efforts to build confidence in slow-moving peace talks.

The United Nations is pushing for the exchange and a peace deal in the main port city of Hodeidah to pave the way for a second round of discussions.

The prisoner swap was discussed by the Iran-aligned Houthi militias and the Yemeni government in technical meetings in Jordan last week. Both parties need to agree on lists of prisoners to be swapped.

“We expect that in 10 days’ time the final signing will have happened,” the head of the government delegation to the prisoner-exchange talks, Hadi Haig, told Reuters by telephone.

The United Nations has struggled to implement a troop withdrawal from Hodeidah as the warring parties disagree over who should control the city. While a truce in Hodeidah has largely held, fighting has escalated in other parts of the country, including the Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

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