The Yemeni government and Shiite rebels are close to reaching a deal to end six months of fighting after the latters agreed to six government conditions, an official said on Wednesday. "An agreement between the government and the Huthi (rebels) to end the war is imminent," the official told AFP.
According to him, the development comes "in the light of (rebel leader Abdul Malik) al-Huthi's acceptance of the six conditions," put forward by the government. A mediator close to the rebels said Huthi had agreed to "withdraw from the borders (with Saudi Arabia) and hand the area over to the Yemeni army."
The mediator said Huthi had also agreed that the rebels would "remove roadblocks ... vacate government buildings and hand Saudi prisoners over to the Yemeni government." A committee including government and rebel representatives would be formed with the task of "establishing peace, and collecting heavy weapons from the Huthis," he told AFP.