The UN deputy envoy for Yemen discussed Tuesday with the Houthi spokesman in the Omani capital ways to go on with the stalled Hodeida deal under the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement.
MoaenShoraim and Mohamed Abdul Salam, also Houthi senior negotiator, discussed "proposals to cope with the impassein terms of implementing the Hodeida pact, prisoner swap dossier and reopening the Sana'a airport so as to pave way for new talks .. and transition," said the Sana'a-based Saba.
In the presence of two other Houthi officials, the meetingaddressed the regional tension and the need for an inclusive de-escalation that would help reach a political settlement and have positive impact on the local and regional levels, according to the rebel-run news agency.
Houthi spokesman Abdul Salam is residing in Muscat where he meets with the UN envoy and other officials seeking to mediate a solution for the Yemeni war.
Yemen has been racked by a bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.
The conflict hastriggeredhard humanitarian conditions and the world's worst humanitarian crisis,according to the UN.
Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.
But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.
The Red Sea city of Hodeida and its ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes since last November seeking to retake the strategic port.