UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is joining the final day of peace talks being held in Sweden between representatives of the Yemeni government and Houthi rebel group.
Delegates of Yemen's warring government and Houthi rebels say they have set January 20 as a final date to exchange prisoners from both sides, in a mass swap deal.
Yemen’s warring sides had earlier agreed to a broad prisoner swap at the start of crucial peace talks in Sweden which aims to end a devastating conflict that has pushed millions of people to the verge of starvation.
A team from Yemen's Saudi-backed government arrived in Sweden to attend peace talks starting on Thursday with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group.
In the upcoming peace talks, international pressure on Riyadh might allow Yemenis to find a middle ground to end the three-year-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions.
The United Nations requested the medical evacuation of fifty Houthi rebels which will be taken to Oman.
The UN's current peace push in Yemen is the biggest since 2016 when 108 days of negotiations in Kuwait failed to yield a deal between the government and Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says UN-sponsored peace talks would take place next month. Separately, UN's Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths meets Houthi rebels in capital Sanaa to set ground for talks.
Fierce clashes continue in flashpoint city, despite both Saudi Arabia-backed government and Houthi rebels expressing support for UN envoy Martin Griffiths' effort to gather at the negotiating table by year's end.
Yemen's foreign ministry says it has informed UN envoy Martin Griffiths that it will take part in proposed peace talks with Houthi rebels in Sweden, according to official Saba news agency.
The negotiations will be the first in two years between the Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels supported by Iran since 2016, when 108 days of talks in Kuwait failed to broker a power-sharing deal.
UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived on Monday in Sanaa for talks aimed at halting military escalations in the coastal city of Hudaida.
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