Yemen Govt Would Accept Truce in Return for Four Provinces

Also Wants Release of Defense Minister as Part of Trade

Yemen’s Hadi government-in-exile, backed by ongoing Saudi attacks on the country aiming to reinstall them, today informed the UN that they are open to a “conditional truce” that would end the war, issuing a series of demands.

The Hadi offer, according to a spokesman, was to back an end to the Saudi attacks on Yemen in return for the Shi’ite Houthis agreeing to cede them four provinces. None of the provinces were specified, and were only said to be in the east and south of the country.

That’s not all they want, however, as Hadi is demanding a release of several prisoners held by the Houthis, including their defense minister and some other top officials. The UN confirmed receipt of the truce offer.

There has been no formal response by the Houthis, however, and they’re probably not going to agree to give up four provinces of the country to the Hadi faction in return for a truce. The Houthis have sought an agreement on a transition to an elected government, something that the Hadi government opposes.

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