Peace talks between the Yemeni government and rebels, aimed at ending four years of war that has pushed 14 million people to the brink of famine, were due to open Thursday in Sweden.
France 24 reports “The UN-brokered talks in Rimbo between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and the Huthi rebels, linked to Riyadh’s arch-rival Iran, will be the first since 2016 when more than 100 days of negotiations failed to end a war that has now claimed at least 10,000 lives.
Analysts and diplomats said they did not expect a breakthrough at the summit.
UN sources say the organisation aims for “confidence-building” between the two parties, at war since the rebels staged a takeover of Yemeni territory in 2014. The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis — with children dying of hunger, disease and war, recruited as soldiers or bartered as child brides every day.
Sources close to the rebels say the Huthis are expected to request the reopening of Sanaa International Airport, which has been damaged by Saudi-led air raids and shut down by Riyadh and its allies, who control Yemen’s airspace.