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Talks for peace in Yemen to begin in Sweden

ANI  |  Stockholm [Sweden] 

Peace talks backed by the aimed at ending the nearly four years' of civil war in is scheduled to begin in the Swedish capital within a few hours from now.

According to a statement released by the United Nations, the of the for extended his appreciation to the for hosting the "direct consultations" between the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition backing the Hadi government in

Griffiths personally took to Twitter, saying, "The SE extends his appreciation to the for hosting the political consultations and the for facilitating the travel of the delegation to the consultations #Yemen."

Earlier in September, the had taken steps to bring together the Houthis and an official delegation of the for consultations, but conditions did not materialise.

The armed conflict that has been continuing since the past a few years, has brought more than 22 million people that accounts to over three-quarters of the entire Yemeni population, in dire need of humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom over eight million are severely and at risk of starvation, the has reported.

The Saudi-led intervention against a Houthi rebel insurgency in early 2015 has also wrecked the country's medical, water and sanitation systems, resulting in the outbreak of and other deadly Thousands of civilians, especially children, have lost their lives either in airstrikes or fighting hunger.

On December 3, a United Nations jet evacuated as many as 50 wounded Houthi rebels in Yemen and were taken for treatment to Oman's capital following Griffiths' request, a development seen as a critical confidence-building measure ahead of the talks.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 10:45 IST