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Yemen govt delegation departs for Sweden peace talks: sources

AFP  |  Riyadh 

A delegation flew out of the Saudi capital early Wednesday for high-stakes talks in with Huthi rebels aimed at ending the country's devastating war, sources close to the team told AFP.

The departure of the 12-member delegation headed by followed the arrival in of the rebel negotiating team.

The first peace talks since 2016 are the best chance yet to end the war, analysts say, as the international community throws its weight behind resolving the devastating conflict.

The delegation of the Saudi-backed government was carrying the "hopes of the Yemeni people to achieve sustainable peace", tweeted Abdullah al-Alimi, the of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's office.

He added that the team would make efforts for the success of the talks, which are a "real chance for peace".

The Huthi rebel delegation arrived in from on Tuesday following a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of 50 wounded insurgents for treatment in in a major boost to peace efforts.

Their team was accompanied by UN

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, sources say they could begin on Thursday.

A previous UN-brokered attempt to bring the Huthis and the Saudi-backed government to the negotiating table collapsed in in September.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 11:40 IST