Swe­den peace talks hopes high

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YEMEN’S war­ring sides be­gan peace ne­go­ti­a­tions in Swe­den yes­ter­day, with UN spe­cial en­voy to Yemen Mar­tin Grif­fiths de­scrib­ing the meet­ing as “an im­por­tant mile­stone”.

“Af­ter two-and-a-half years without a for­mal po­lit­i­cal process, the con­ven­ing of the two del­e­ga­tions here is an im­por­tant mile­stone,” Grif­fiths said in the Swedish town of Rimbo.

Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poor­est coun­tries, has been em­broiled in a dis­as­trous power strug­gle be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and the Houthi rebels since late 2014. A Saudi-led coali­tion has been fight­ing the Iran-linked rebels since March 2015.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Yemen’s Saudi-backed gov­ern­ment and the Houthi rebels were seated in the same room yes­ter­day fac­ing each other as Grif­fiths and Swedish For­eign Min­is­ter Mar­got Wall­strom gave state­ments.

“It’s now up to you, the Ye­meni par­ties, to truly en­gage con­struc­tively and in good faith,” Wall­strom said. | dpa

| Tas­nim News Agency via Reuters

A GEN­ERAL view of the dam­age out­side a po­lice sta­tion in Chaba­har, Iran, yes­ter­day, af­ter a sui­cide car bomb at­tack. At least three peo­ple died and 48 oth­ers were in­jured.

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