Yemeni official: Freeing one of 4 included in Security Council resolution within agreement with Houthis

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2020-02-17 | Since 1 Day

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A senior official in the Yemeni internationally recognized government revealed that one of the four Yemeni officials included in the Security Council resolution, the prisoners of war with the Houthi group (Ansar Allah), will be released within the agreement reached in Jordan on Sunday.

Majed Fadayel, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Rights in the "legitimate" Yemeni government, a member of its team in the Committee of Prisoners, Kidnapped and Forced Disappeared, said that the first stage of the plan to release prisoners and detainees agreed in Amman with the Houthi group would include one thousand and 420 prisoners and detainees, including Saudis, Sudanese and one of the four are covered by the UN Security Council resolution.

The four covered by Security Council Resolution 2216 are former Defense Minister Major General Mahmoud al-Subaihi, a prominent leader of the Yemeni Reform Party, Muhammad Qahtan, the military commander Faisal Rajab, and the military commander Nasser Mansour Hadi (brother of Yemeni President Abdrabu Hadi).

An official source said that the official referred to at this stage is the former Minister of Defense Major General Mahmoud al-Subaihi, while other sources suggested that the released person be the brother of President Hadi.

Yemeni sources stated that the agreement included the release of 15 Saudis and four Sudanese.

Fadayel emphasized that this is a first stage, leading to a comprehensive and complete release of all prisoners and detainees, according to the Yemeni news agency "Saba", with its copy in Aden and Riyadh, which is under the "legitimate" government.

With regard to the agreement mechanism, he explained that "after agreeing on the numbers of those included in the first phase, lists of names will be exchanged and after agreement on them, and coordination will be carried out on logistical matters to complete the swap operation with the office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen and the International Red Cross, according to which the exchange process will be implemented."

He pointed out that there are other stages to complete the release of the captives and kidnappers, leading to the comprehensive release of all prisoners.

"There is another meeting, after about a month, to coordinate the completion of the second stage of the exchange of prisoners and kidnappers, similar to the first stage," he added.

The senior leader of the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) and the head of the Prisoners' Affairs Committee of the group, Abdulqader Al-Murtada, revealed on Sunday evening the details of the agreement his group signed with the Yemeni internationally recognized government in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Al-Murtada tweeted: Today, Sunday 16 February 2020, we signed with the other party to implement a first phase of the prisoner swap agreement in the Jordanian capital, Amman, led by UN.

Al-Murtada said that the agreement "includes the freeing of 1420 prisoners from both sides, and that the meetings will continue for the next two days to prepare and revise the final lists."

The United Nations Secretary-General to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, announced on Sunday evening that the Yemeni internationally recognized government and the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) have agreed on a detailed plan to conduct a "large-scale" prisoner exchange.





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