UN envoy: Yemen peace talks set to resume in Kuwait

Published May 4th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
A picture taken on May 3, 2016 shows a Yemeni security forces member patrolling a street with a banner hung by Al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, 300 miles east of Aden. (AFP/Stringer)
A picture taken on May 3, 2016 shows a Yemeni security forces member patrolling a street with a banner hung by Al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, 300 miles east of Aden. (AFP/Stringer)

UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending the war in Yemen are set to resume in Kuwait Wednesday, Reuters reported.

The Yemeni government suspended the peace talks following a Houthi rebel attack on a military base in Sanaa on Sunday.

Talks in Kuwait had been making progress, supported by a truce that had largely been holding since April 10. On Saturday, the Houthis announced that Saudi Arabia had released 40 Yemeni prisoners of war.

"The participants will convene tomorrow, Wednesday, in a joint work session to follow up with the agreed agenda," the UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said in a statement. 

The committee monitoring the ceasefire will issue a report in 72 hours about violence in recent days and issue recommendations for the warring sides to adhere to.

The peace talks are aimed at ending a conflict between the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and Yemen's Saudi-backed government which has plunged the impoverished country into a worseining humanitarian crisis and killed over 6,000 people.


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