Yemen rivals agree Hodeida ceasefire, UN chief says

Thursday - 13/12/2018 16:31
Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP | Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) during peace consultations in Sweden
Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP | Yemen's Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C) during peace consultations in Sweden
UN chief Antonio Guterres announced Thursday a series of breakthroughs in talks with rivals in the Yemen conflict, including a ceasefire for a vital port

The Yemeni foreign minister and the rebel leader shook hands in a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh day of the UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden.

The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million Yemenis now at the brink of mass starvation.

Guterres, who flew in to Sweden late Wednesday, announced that the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels had agreed on  a ceasefire in the port of Hodeida, the main entry point for imported food and aid.

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