New talks on prisoners’ exchange postponed

New talks on prisoners’ exchange postponed

Alsahwa Net- Office the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen (OSEY) has informed representatives of the government and the Houthis rebels on the postponement of new talks on the release of detainees that were scheduled to start on Thursday 19 November in Jordan, to an indefinite time.

Member of the government delegation to the talks, Majed Fadayel, said that the new outbreak of COVID-19 in Jordan might be the reason for the delay of the talks.

The OSEY’s regional office is in Amman of Jordan and it is difficult to arrange the travel to the talks amid effective national measures taken to control the coronavirus, according to Fadayel.

In a statement quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper, Fadayel denied any hurdles from the government’s side and affirmed that the government cares on finalizing this issue soon.

He added that the government requested the full release of all detainees and prisoners, yet the Houthis insisted on partial releases to use the issue as a bargaining chip for political leverage.

The government and the Houthis implemented mid last month the first release phase by support from the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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