Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire, troops exit from strategic Hodeidah port: UN

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Hodeidah, July 16: The United Nations (UN) has on Monday said the warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a new resolution of a ceasefire in the region, as well as, the withdrawal of foreign troops from the port of Hodeidah.

The UN is attempting to mediate withdrawal from Hodeidah – the primary passage point for humanitarian and food aid – so UN-regulated administration can dominate.

In an official statement, the UN said the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement have met on the organization’s ship on Sunday and Monday for talks, according to Al-Jazeera news reports.

The statement stated both the sides seek to reduce the hostile situation after seeing an escalation in truce violation at Hodeidah.

“They agreed on a mechanism and new measures to reinforce the ceasefire and de-escalation, to be put in place as soon as possible,” it said, without offering more details.

The different sides met as individuals from the Redeployment Coordination Committee, a body set up by the organization and led by Danish Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard to regulate the truce and troop exit.

The council finished a reasonable concession to troop withdrawals, which currently requires political pioneers’ upfront investment, the announcement said.

Political officials would likewise need to concur on “local security forces, local authority, and revenues”, the announcement stated, without expounding.

The administration and the Houthis are entrusted with pulling back powers from Hodeidah as a feature of the truce bargain that was achieved last December in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm.

The pullback should have occurred two weeks after the truce went into power on December 18, yet that due date was missed.

Independently, the Saudi Vice Minister of Defense Khalid bin Salman met with  UN special representative to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Monday, and focused on Saudi help for a political arrangement in Yemen.

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