Yemen talks continue in Amman for second day

Negotiations focus on prisoners exchange

17 January, 12:28

    (ANSA) - AMMAN, JANUARY 17 - Yemen peace talks negotiators continued in Amman on Thursday for the second consecutive day on hope of finding a breakthrough regarding prisoners exchange and implementation confidence building agenda, diplomatic sources said.

    The Amman meetings were held behind closed doors as negotiators and UN officials brokering the deal refused to divulge information about proceedings.

    Negotiators hope to build on the Sweden peace agreement last year in order to allow for resumption of humanitarian aid, prisoners exchange and set up a road map for possible political solution to the crisis that devastated Yemen. Yemen has descended into a humanitarian crisis in light of fierce fighting between Iran backed militia of Ansar Allah and Saudi backed government. Millions have been displaced as fighting spread across the country, causing famine and spread of water borne diseases. The Sweden meeting last year was the first to bring the two sides under one roof, as they agreed on confidence building measures including freeing of thousands of prisoners and allowing aid delivery to stranded civilians. But a recent fighting in Hudeida port and attacks against government loyalists complicated matters, leaving the peace talks on the brink.

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