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Acting foreign minister Margot Wallström greeting members of the Houthi delegation in Rimbo. Credit: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
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Acting foreign minister Margot Wallström and UN special envoy Martin Griffiths. Credit: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

UN-led talks on Yemen underway in Rimbo

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A small town north of Stockholm is the site of UN-led consultations on Thursday between the two warring factions in Yemen's civil war.

The Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government of Yemen met face-to-face at a conference center just outside the town of Rimbo, about an hour's drive north of Stockholm.  

There, the two sides who have been fighting since 2015 will have a chance with the help of the UN to try to jump start peace talks.

UN special envoy Martin Griffiths is leading the consultations hosted by Sweden. He tells reporters that he intended to be overly ambitious but not overly optimistic when it comes to the talks.

"Today marks, we hope, the resumption of a political process," Griffiths says. "The convening of the two delegations here is an important milestone." 

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