Stockholm, Sweden – The Yemeni government officials and Houthi rebels are due to meet in Sweden this week for UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending the war that has been going on for more than three years.
The talks are due to take place this week but the UN has refused to reveal the exact dates, times and venue although they are expected to take place on December 5 close to Stockholm.
While there have been several international initiatives aimed at bringing the brutal war to a close, the latest round of discussions could yield major breakthroughs.
A source familiar with the talks told Al Jazeera that the UN is seeking to introduce a set of confidence-building measures, including a ceasefire in Hodeidah and an end to the Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) air strikes across the country.
The source added that the Houthis will cease all rocket and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The talks are also expected to discuss the reopening of Sanaa international airport, large-scale prisoner swaps and the payment of salaries to civil servants in Houthi-held areas.