Sep 29, 2020 18:47 UTC
  •  Yemen’s warring sides should swiftly implement largest prisoner swap deal: Iran

Iran has hailed the largest prisoner exchange agreement in the five-year conflict in Yemen, urging the warring parties to implement the deal as soon as possible.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran regards this agreement as a step to help settle the current crisis in Yemen peacefully,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday.

The Iranian official described the deal as a step towards resolving the Yemeni conflict and called on the two sides of the agreement — the Ansarullah movement and the Saudi-backed supporters of former fugitive president Mansur Hadi — to fulfill their commitments the soonest possible.

“This agreement shows that Yemeni-Yemeni talks are the only solution to the problems currently facing the country,” Khatibzadeh said.

The United Nations said on Sunday that the warring sides in Yemen have reached a “milestone” agreement to swap more than 1,000 prisoners, as part of trust-building steps to revive stalled UN-brokered peace negotiations.

In a press conference, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said he was “personally extremely pleased to be here to announce that you have reached a very important milestone.”