Yemen talks planned for December in Sweden

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A displaced Yemeni child stands outside temporary shelters at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the eastern province of Marib, Yemen, August 5, 2018. According to UN figures, nearly three million people in Yemen have been forcibly displaced by escalating conflict since March 2015, when the Saudi-led military coalition began bombing the Houthi rebels and their allies across the impoverished Arab country.

Yemen talks planned for December in Sweden


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Sweden is expected to host UN-mediated talks between the warring factions in Yemen in December, an announcement that came on the heels of a visit by US Secretary Jim Mattis to Yemen on November 21

Mattis was in the region as part of his effort to finalise an arrangement between the two main combatants – Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the mostly Shiite Houthi rebels, who are politically and militarily backed by Iran. Earlier this month, Mattis called for an immediate ceasefire and UN-mediated talks.

The war in Yemen has become a major humanitarian crisis with 8.4 million people believed to be on the brink of starvation.

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