Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019

Yemen's warring sides in Sweden for peace talks

RIMBO, Sweden – Yemen's warring sides are gathering in Sweden for U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at halting the Arab country's catastrophic three-year war.

A castle in the Swedish town of Rimbo, north of Stockholm, is expected to start on Thursday.

However, U.N. officials say they do not expect rapid progress towards a political settlement but hope for at least minor steps that would help Yemen's worsening humanitarian crisis.

Both the internationally-recognized government, which is backed by a U.S.-sponsored and Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels say they are striving for peace. A Houthi delegation arrived in late Tuesday, accompanied by U.N. sent Martin Griffiths. The government delegation and the head of the rebel delegation headed to Sweden on Wednesday.

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