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Saudi-led coalition welcomes Yemen's prisoner deal

JEDDAH, Sept 27 (KUNA) -- The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has welcomed a deal reached Sunday by the Yemeni government and Houthi group to release detainees and prisoners.
The coalition's spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki, in a press statement, lauded the efforts of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in this regard.
He elaborated that the prisoner swap includes the exchange of 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudi soldiers and four Sudanese troops.
He hailed the move as a solid and appropriate ground for Yemeni parties to have dialogue in order to reach a comprehensive solution in their country. The UN office of the Special Envoy for Yemen said earlier Sunday that delegates representing the Government of Yemen and Houthi group had agreed to immediately release a first group of 1,081 conflict-related detainees and prisoners, in accordance with the lists of agreed-upon names.
The parties renewed their commitment, as per their agreement in Stockholm in 2018, to release all prisoners, detainees, missing persons, arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared persons, and those under house arrest. (end) nsa.mt