Jordan Assents To Host A UN Sponsored Yemen Discussion Over the Issue of Swapping Prisoners

January 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Jordan consented to an appeal made by the UN to hold a meeting between the Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, in order to deliberate on the prisoner swap accord, which would allow thousands of families to reconcile. This announcement was made by the Foreign Ministry. However, the statement didn’t have any mention of the dates about when the meeting would be held.
The meeting is likely to be a follow-up committee that has been established to deliberate on enforcing the deal reached during the U.N. peace talks in Sweden. The deal was concluded in December among the Iran-affiliated Houthi rebels and the Saudi-supported Yemeni government.
The deal to liberate prisoners at the same time was a part of assurance-building steps that involved a plan to pull out from the disputed port city of Hodeidah. The port city of Hodeidah serves as a lifeline to millions of Yemenis who are on the verge of facing famine. Hence, there was an immediate need to place the port city of Hodeidah under the authority of an interim organization.
The two sides involved in the conflict interchanged lists of around 15,000 prisoners for an exchange agreed during the start of the Sweden discourse and delegates stated that the prisoner exchange program would be carried out via the government-held Sayun airport in the south and the Houthi-held Sanaa airport in north Yemen.
The process would be monitored by the United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).The operation demands a Saudi-led military coalition to assure the fact that air space is safe for flights.

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