The UN’s special envoy for Yemen has appealed to the country’s warring sides to “act now” for the future of the country, as representatives from the government and Houthi rebels gathered for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden.
“Yemen’s future is in the hands of those in this room,” Martin Griffiths said on Thursday in opening remarks at talks aimed at ending more than three years of war.
For only the second time since the conflict began, officials from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and representatives from the Houthi rebel movement joined the talks aimed at discussing ways to end the fighting that has killed an estimated 56,000 people and left a staggering 22 million needing humanitarian assistance.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from Rimbo in Sweden.
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