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Ansarullah, Saudis agree on prisoners swap

Tehran, � Yemeni Ansarullah and the Saudi coalition agreed on swapping prisoners, the Qatari media ' Al Jazeera' quoted head of Yemeni prisoners committee as saying.

Based on the agreement, International Committee of the Red Cross will be the mediator for the prisoners swap.

Some Yemeni officials also told Al Jazeera that the process will be accomplished based on a schedule.

The agreement consists of exchanging information, searching and preparing the ground for the swap.

Meanwhile, ex-Foreign Minister of Yemen Khaled al-Yamani told Al-Jazeera that the prisoners swap project is aimed at trust building.

Despite the fact that the agreement has been signed by both sides but it requires an international guarantee like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN, al-Yamani added.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Mansour Hadi back to power and crushing the country's Houthi Ansarullah Movement.

Some 16,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression.

The assaults of the Saudi-led coalition forces have failed to stop the Yemenis from resisting the aggression.

Earlier, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message expressed Iran's support for the intra-Yemeni talks to resolve the crisis.

Iran supports the upcoming intra-Yemeni talks in Sweden. All sides should enter constructive and responsible engagement to end the crisis in #Yemen. The world has historic responsibility to back dialogue incl by halting arming of aggressors, Zarif tweeted on Monday.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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