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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 1:37 AM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 1:38 AM (IST)

Yemen govt team heads to Sweden for peace talks

ADEN/STOCKHOLM, December 5

A team from Yemen’s Saudi-backed government left for Sweden on Wednesday to attend peace talks with members of the Iran-aligned Houthi group, in a renewed U.N. push to end a war that has pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

One representative of the internationally-recognised government, Abdullah al-Alimi, tweeted that the talks were “a true opportunity for peace,” before the delegation flew out of the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - leaders of a Western-backed coalition battling the Houthis to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government - want to exit a war that has dragged on for nearly four years.

Western allies, which provide arms and intelligence to the coalition, have ramped up pressure on them to find a way to end a conflict that killed tens of thousands of people and left more than 8 million facing famine.

The Saudi-led alliance intervened in the civil war in 2015 after the Houthi movement ousted Hadi’s government from the Yemeni capital Sanaa in 2014. — Reuters

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