United Nations envoy says Yemeni parties to meet in Sweden

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In what is a massive relief to Yemenis, the Saudi-led coalition has ordered a halt to the offensive on the country's port city of Hodeidah.

The UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the security council he thought peace talks could start in Stockholm by the end of the year.

The Houthis had said in September that they wanted United Nations guarantees their plane would not have to stop in Djibouti for inspection by the Saudi-led coalition.

The US Senate on Thursday introduced a legislation seeking to punish Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and escalating the political as well as a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. "I will also be happy to travel myself, if necessary, with the delegation to the consultations", Griffiths said.

"I believe we are close to resolving issues to make this happen".

Yemen's riyal has lost more than half its value against the U.S. dollar since the start of the war.

The new round of peace talks to end the war, which has killed more than 56,000 people according to a recent estimate, was initially scheduled to take place in November but had been pushed back to late December.

The UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, also publicly announced his support for early peace talks on Wednesday.

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"It was just like tickling a ghost", Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, told reporters in NY on Friday after returning from a three-day visit to the war-torn, impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

"Let us build on this rather than retreat from this", he said.

The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of the capital of Sanaa by the Iranian-backed Houthis, which toppled the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

In addition to also urging the parties to negotiate an end to the conflict and the worldwide community to boost aid, he called for a humanitarian cease-fire around key aid facilities, delivery of humanitarian and commercial imports to all Yemeni ports and onward to their final destinations, and funding to pay Yemeni pensioners and civil servants.

On Monday, the United Kingdom is expected to present a draft resolution to the Security Council to address the conflict, Ambassador Karen Pierce said. They also say attacks would resume if the peace progress isn't fast enough for their tastes.

Quoting sources, Al Jazeera reported that if the bill eventually becomes a law, it would suspend weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and prohibit U.S. refuelling of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.

United Nations food chief David Beasley spotted a tiny foot sticking out from under a blanket in a hospital in Yemen that has been overwhelmed with malnourished children, so he tried to bring a smile to the face of the small patient.

"Of the 28 million Yemenis, we believe that as many as 12 million or more Yemenis - yes, that's right, nearly half of the entire country - are just one step away from starvation", Beasley said.

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