Sweden set to host the first Yemen peace talks in years

Dec 06, 2018, 6:11 AM EST
Yemen's a bruising civil war has claimed thousands of lives and left millions reeling under hunger and starvation.
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The delegations from the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels are holding peace talks in Sweden, the first in years, as the U.N.-backed initiative seeks to put an end to a bruising civil war that has claimed thousands of lives and left millions reeling under hunger and starvation.

No magic results are expected out of the talks, but the U.N. aims to avert an all-out battle for the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hudaydah, hoping that the meeting could lead to an eventual framework for peace dialogue in Yemen, facing the world’s humanitarian crisis, notes the BBC.

The push to bring Yemen’s warring sides on the negotiation table comes as Western support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in the country wanes, writes Reuters. A similar attempt to begin peace talks last year in Geneva failed after the Houthis backed out. 

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