UN chief Guterres to attend Yemen’s peace talks in Sweden

Guterres will arrive in Stockholm Wednesday to boost the UN envoy's efforts to Yemen Martin Griffiths. (Reuters)

Sources confirmed that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will attend the Yemen peace talks in Sweden on Thursday.

Foreign ministers of a number of countries sponsoring the political process in Yemen are also expected to arrive in Stockholm on Wednesday to press the two sides of the Yemeni conflict to make progress in the ongoing consultations and come up with results that will ensure the resumption of a new round of talks early next year.

The United Nations has in recent days brought Yemen's warring sides together in Sweden for peace talks, the first in two years.

During talks between the two Yemeni delegations on Tuesday, the United Nations proposed the withdrawal of their troops from the coastal city of Hodeidah and placing the status of the city under the control of a temporary entity, with Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani confirming Monday that his country would not accept a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Hodeidah, unless the city is under the control of the legitimate government.

The two sides agreed earlier Tuesday to exchange some 15,000 prisoners, including a prisoner swap agreement reached at the start of the current peace talks in Sweden.

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