Legitimate government delegation leaves Riyadh for Sweden peace talks
الأربعاء 05/ديسمبر/2018 - 05:21 مHagar Mohamed
The negotiation team representing Yemen's internationally recognised government has departed from Saudi Arabia on their way to Sweden for UN-backed peace talks with Houthi rebels, sources in the government told The National.
The delegation from the rebels is already at the conference venue outside Stockholm.
The tone from all sides appeared to be more positive than the last round of talks in Geneva, which failed to even bring the Houthis to the table. Willingness to pursue confidence building measures, which included a prisoner exchange agreement and flying out rebel fighters to Oman for treatment, have helped Martin Griffiths bring the two sides together.
Abdullah Al Alimi, head of Yemeni President Aburabu Mansour Hadi’s office and member of the government delegation to Sweden, said the government is looking to end the civil war.
“The delegation will leave today carrying the hopes of the Yemeni people for sustainable peace,” he said. “We want peace to prevail, to end the war and eliminate all causes that led to the coup.”
Mr Hadi intends on prioritising alleviating the suffering of Yemenis in the coming talks but maintained a more bellicose tone with the Houthis blaming them for the devastation in the country, according to Mr Al Alimi.