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Yemen’s warring sides agree on prisoner exchange

Thursday 6 Dec 2018
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Swedish Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom (C,2L), UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (C, 2R) and delegates of Yemen's government and Yemen's Huthi rebels attend the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018 (Photo: AFP)
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The UN envoy for Yemen says the country’s warring sides have agreed on a prisoner exchange as part of confidence building measures for the war-torn nation.

Martin Griffiths spoke at the opening of Yemen peace talks in Sweden on Thursday.

Representatives of the internationally recognized government and the Shia Houthi rebels sat across from each other as Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and Griffiths opened the talks.

Griffiths said: “Today I’m also pleased to announce the signing of an agreement on the exchange of prisoners” that will allow thousands of families to be reunited.

Wallstrom told the Yemeni delegates: “Now it is up to you, the Yemini parties. You have the command of your future.” 

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