SANA’A -The National Salvation Government on Thursday offered the Saudi-led coalition-backed government a prisoner swap of about 2,000 prisoners.
The Chairman of the Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdulqader al-Murtada said in a tweet that “We offered the Yemeni mercenaries of aggression through local mediation an exchange deal for two thousand prisoners of war from both sides as a first stage.”
“We confirmed to the local mediation unit that we are ready to implement the deal within a week if they are ready, and we are now waiting for the response of the other party, ” he added.
There is no response from the Saudi-led invaders so far, but an earlier attempt was rejected last February during talks in Amman, when a proposal from Yemen to release 2,000 prisoners in exchange for the same number of prisoners with the Hadi government-in-exile was proposed.
On 30 September, the National Salvation Government released hundreds of prisoners in a move welcomed by the United Nations, which is trying to revive the stalled peace process.
The head of Prisoners’ Affairs Committee, Abdul Qader al-Murtada, expressed dissatisfaction over the aggression-backed government’s failure to take steps similar to the unilateral Yemeni initiative of releasing 350 prisoners, including three Saudis.
On Tuesday, Abdulqader al-Murtada, criticized the performance of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on the prisoners’ file, describing it as “weak.”
“The weak performance of the UN envoy and his team in the prisoners’ file was and remains one of the main reasons for the intransigence of the forces of aggression and their mercenaries in implementing the agreement.”