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Yemen talks could take place in Jordan, Houthis say

Yemen talks could take place in Jordan, Houthis say

Under the deal, both sides should withdraw from the area.

The UN envoy for Yemen arrived in the capital Sana'a to discuss a recent UN-sponsored peace agreement on the country's lifeline port city of Hudaydah amid reported clashes between the warring parties.

Griffiths is scheduled to hold talks with Houthi leaders over the truce on Saturday, before meeting Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, who heads the ceasefire monitoring team in the port city.

"Mr Griffiths spent the last two days discussing with Houthi leaders what was agreed in Stockholm, he is now on his way to Riyadh to follow up on the progress", a United Nations source told The National.

The global community has been trying for months to avert an all-out government assault on Hodeidah, the entry point for most of Yemen's commercial goods and aid supplies, and a lifeline for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation.

The truce deal states that the port should be handed over to "the local authorities in accordance with Yemen law", said the official who requested anonymity.

Yemen plunged into civil war in 2014 when the rebels known as Houthis captured Sanaa.

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There are also differences over the redeployment of forces, he said.

Houthis insist that this refers to the officials now running the port, who are their allies.

A senior official from Yemen's popular Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been defending the nation against a Saudi-led war, says the movement will comply with the Stockholm agreement on a ceasefire in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah.

The rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of carrying out low-altitude flights over the city. It was Griffiths' second visit to Sanaa in a month as the UN has been pushing for peace process in Yemen to end almost four years of devastating war, which has pushed the Arab nation of more than 20 million people to the brink of starvation.

Late last month, the UN Security Council adopted a United Kingdom -sponsored resolution approving deployment of a UN team tasked with monitoring a ceasefire in Al-Hudaydah that went into effect in December.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi militia since March 2015, in order to reinstate the exiled Yemeni government of Hadi.


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