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Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

RIMBO (AFP) – With just hours left before the close of negotiations, UN mediators rushed to broker a truce Wednesday between government representatives and rebels in Yemen, a country teetering on the brink of famine.The UN talks opened last week in Sweden, the first meeting in two years between Yemen s Huthi rebels and the government […]

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

Yemen govt wields Hodeida military threat as rebels stand firm in talks

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government would not rule out an offensive on the key port of Hodeida if rebels refuse to withdraw, sparking an immediate rebuff by the Huthi insurgents as the warring sides met for UN-brokered talks on Friday.Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of […]

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

Yemen war rivals double down as UN talks open

RIMBO (AFP) – Yemen s government and rebels, locked in a devastating war, traded accusations Thursday as they sat down for hard-won talks the United Nations described as “difficult” but “critical”.The talks in Sweden are the first in two years, in a conflict between a pro-government military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, and Iran-backed Huthi insurgents […]

Yemen rebels and government to hold peace talks in Sweden

Yemen rebels and government to hold peace talks in Sweden

RIMBO (AFP) – Peace talks between Yemen s government and rivals aimed at ending four years of devastating war will open on Thursday in Sweden, the UN announced.No breakthrough is expected at the talks, which mark the first meeting between Yemen s Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels, linked to Iran, since 2016 — when more than 100 […]

Yemen rebels land in Sweden for key peace talks

Yemen rebels land in Sweden for key peace talks

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A Yemeni rebel delegation arrived in Sweden Tuesday, , for high-stakes talks with the government aimed at ending the country s devastating war.The Huthi rebels arrived on a Kuwaiti plane from Sanaa following a prisoner swap deal and the evacuation of 50 wounded insurgents for treatment in Oman in a major boost to […]

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

Wounded rebels evacuated ahead of Yemen talks as UN envoy visits

SANAA (AFP) – The UN s Yemen envoy visited rebel-held Sanaa on Monday as wounded insurgents were flown out of the capital for medical treatment, a key step towards bringing warring parties to the negotiating table in Sweden.A UN source said efforts were being made to reopen Sanaa International Airport, closed for the past three years […]

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

Pro-govt forces halt Yemen port offensive as UAE backs talks

HODEIDA (AFP) – Forces loyal to Yemen s government on Wednesday halted an offensive on the lifeline port of Hodeida as the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw its weight behind “early” UN peace talks.Three military officials told AFP that pro-government forces were “ordered” to stop their assault against the Iran-linked […]

Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation today

Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation today

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow is set to host multilateral peace talks that underline the increasingly active role Russia is playing in Afghanistan, decades after Soviet forces withdrew from the country, with business investment plans, diplomatic and cultural outreach and small military support for the central government.The Afghan Taliban will attend the peace talks, senior Taliban officials […]

US secy of state, military chief arrive in Islamabad to hold talks

US secy of state, military chief arrive in Islamabad to hold talks

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US military chief Gen Joseph Dunford have arrived in Islamabad to hold talks with their Pakistani counterparts. Pompeo, who landed at the Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad just before 1pm, is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of […]

Iran’s Zarif in Syria for talks on Idlib offensive

Iran’s Zarif in Syria for talks on Idlib offensive

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise visit to ally Syria on Monday for talks on the looming offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, his ministry said. Zarif left early on Monday and “is at the moment in talks with Syrian officials,” spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in […]

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