UN Security Council to meet Wednesday on Yemen truce deal

The UN Security Council will meet Wednesday (January 9th) to hear the UN envoy for Yemen report on a ceasefire deal and his latest efforts to end the nearly four-year war, diplomats said.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths was in Saudi Arabia on Monday for talks with Yemen's leaders aimed at shoring up the truce in the lifeline port of al-Hodeidah that was agreed during talks in Sweden last month, AFP reported.

Those talks followed meetings in Sanaa over the weekend to discuss the next steps for a redeployment of Houthi fighters and coalition-backed forces from al-Hodeidah.

Houthi-held al-Hodeidah was for months the main front line in the Yemen war after government forces supported by Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an offensive to capture it in June.

The Red Sea port is the key point of entry for humanitarian aid and supplies to Yemen, where millions are on the brink of famine as the war has grinded on.

The UN has said that the truce has largely held in the city since the agreement came into force on December 18th.

Last month, the Security Council adopted a resolution backing the deal agreed in Sweden that provides for the deployment of observers to oversee the truce.

Griffiths is hoping to bring the sides together again for a new round of peace talks, possibly in Kuwait, later this month.

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