Houthis Must Leave Al Hudaydah As Gov't Forces Close To Regaining Port - Yemeni Minister

Houthis Must Leave Al Hudaydah as Gov't Forces Close to Regaining Port - Yemeni Minister

The Houthi militants should withdraw from Al Hudaydah as the Yemeni government forces are close to regaining control of the port city, Osman Hussein, the Yemeni minister of agriculture and a member of the government delegation at the consultations on Yemen in Sweden, said on Friday.

STOCKHOLM (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th December, 2018) The Houthi militants should withdraw from Al Hudaydah as the Yemeni government forces are close to regaining control of the port city, Osman Hussein, the Yemeni minister of agriculture and a member of the government delegation at the consultations on Yemen in Sweden, said on Friday.

The delegations of the Yemeni government and Houthi militants arrived in Sweden on Wednesday. The crisis settlement talks began on Thursday in Rimbo, a town north of Stockholm, and are expected to last through December 14.

"Houthis must withdraw from the port and I have to be clear for all of you that our government forces that are supported by the Arab coalition are a few kilometers from controlling the port and controlling the other parts of the city .

.. That is something they [Houthis] can do right now to give a positive message," Hussein told reporters.

The UN-led attempts to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Yemen have not succeeded so far. The fighting has recently intensified near the Houthi-controlled city of Al Hudaydah, through which the rebels receive humanitarian and commercial cargoes. The Yemeni government, in turn, claims that the port city is receiving weapons from Iran. The conflict has led the country to a dire humanitarian situation, with civilians suffering extreme food shortages and disease outbreaks as well as direct impact from the military operations.

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