Talk to end Yemen conflict to begin at Swedish capital

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A talk between the warring factions in Yemen over ending the conflict that has ravaged the Middle East nation for over three years will begin in the Swedish capital, Stockholm on Thursday.

The talks will be attended by the rebel group, Houthis, and officially-recognized Government delegation.

The conflict has left more than 22 million people – over three-quarters of the population – dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of which 8 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation.

With the destruction of the country’s medical, water and sanitation systems, Yemen also witnessed the worst cholera outbreaks in history.

Airstrikes and fighting have also killed thousands of civilians.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffith appreciated the Government of Sweden for hosting the political consultations, and the Government of Kuwait flying in the representatives of the Houthi rebel movement for the talks.

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