A Yemeni detainee is greeted by friends after his release from a Houthi prison in Sanaa (MEO)

Saudi Arabia and the Houthis Exchange Delegations to Inspect Prisoners


Wed, 12-10-2022 08:40 PM, Aden

Sanaa (South24) 

An official of the Houthis' "Prisoners Affairs Committee" revealed today the exchange of delegations between them and Saudi Arabia to inspect the prisoners.

Senior Houthi member Abdul Qader Al-Murtada said that a Saudi delegation arrived in Sanaa, while another delegation from the group went to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Murtada indicated that this comes within the mechanism of verifying the statements of the first stage of the release of prisoners, as agreed upon in the Amman negotiations.

He added on Twitter: "A Saudi delegation arrived in Sanaa to verify the names and match them. The visit has nothing to do with any other political discussion or debate."

No official statement or comment has been issued from the Saudi side so far. Observers believe that the two mutual delegations may discuss issues other than the prisoners' file.

The former Yemeni Foreign Minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, said: "The exchange of visits between the Coalition and Ansar Allah [Houthis] to discuss files complementing the truce agreement is evidence that the two parties have crossed many points of contention."

This comes ten days after the end of the UN truce in Yemen on October 2, without reaching an agreement to extend or expand it so far.

Meanwhile, the US Envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking is visiting the region to discuss extending the truce, the US State Department announced on Tuesday.

Lenderking had said in a previous press briefing, days after the end of the truce, that the Houthis had adopted extreme and impossible demands in the last moments of the truce.

On October 6, the UN Security Council said in a statement that "the Houthis' extremist demands have hampered the efforts of the UN Envoy to renew the truce."

Despite the end of the truce without renewal, and the serious clashes that took place on the fronts in South Yemen and Marib, negotiations to extend the truce are still ongoing, according to informed sources.

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