Yemeni gov't, Houthis decide to continue meetings over swap prisoners

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-09 06:24:27|Editor: Chengcheng
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AMMAN, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni government and the Houthis decided on Friday to continue their meetings related to the swap of prisoners and to provide more time for finalizing the lists of prisoners to be covered by the deal.

A statement issued by the office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen indicated that the two sides expressed their commitment to release all prisoners and detainees and those under house arrest, which will be implemented over stages.

They also renewed their readiness to exert all possible efforts to realize this objective and to speed up the process to enable the detainees to reunite with their families.

The statement indicated that the committee representing the two sides made "a significant progress" to implement the deal to release the prisoners as more information was provided in this regard during the second meeting in Amman.

A sub-committee formed to look into the swap of bodies affiliated to the two sides also endorsed an action plan to be implemented in line with a specific timeframe.

The UN special envoy office said it will continue to exert efforts along with the International Red Cross to support all efforts seeking to implement the agreement and to provide all necessary technical assistance.