Next round of Yemen talks will tackle political solution

Rana Ghanem member of a Yemeni government delegation speaks to journalists during the ongoing peac

Rana Ghanem member of a Yemeni government delegation speaks to journalists during the ongoing peac

The Huthi rebels seized the Red Sea city of Hodeida, a traditional conduit for 90 percent of food imports to impoverished Yemen, in a massive territorial takeover in 2014, sparking the intervention of Saudi Arabia and its allies the following year.

He also demanded the management of the port to be placed under the jurisdiction of the ministry of transport.

The Saudi-led alliance launched an offensive to retake densely-populated Hodeida in June, sparking fears of a fresh humanitarian crisis in a country already on the verge of starvation.

The parties have yet to agree on trickier issues such as re-opening Sanaa airport and a truce in the port city of Hodeidah, both held by the Houthis, both further confidence-building measures that are the focus of the talks in addition to a framework for negotiations.

The team from Hadi's government initially refused to enter the room, saying the Houthis needed to include more senior delegates, but the meeting went ahead, delegates said.

Earlier on Monday, a document seen by Al Jazeera proposed that the Houthis withdraw from Hodeidah as part of a ceasefire deal.

The Saudi-UAE coalition has accused Iran of smuggling weapons through Hodeidah's port, a charge Tehran and the rebels deny.

A rally was held outside the office of the United Nations in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday to protest against measures of the Saudi-led coalition to hold and prevent ships carrying oil products from docking at Yemen's ports, the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reports as the warring parties in the almost four-year-long conflict hold UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden.

Houthi representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Abdul Malik al Hajry and Abdul Majid Hanash representatives for the Huthi rebel delegation speaks

Houthi delegation at the ongoing peace talks in Sweden said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should also be represented during the negotiations in order to end the war in Yemen.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, al-Yamani pointed out that that the government's delegation - to United Nations peace talks in Stockholm, Sweden, which started on Thursday - agreed to the consultations' frame and the need to build confidence between all parties as a first step in the road map to implement peace in the war ravaged country.

While the opposing sides appeared to have reached a stumbling block over the fate of the port, they appeared to be edging closer to securing a deal on prisoners.

"We are very optimistic about having a breakthrough on the prisoners issue. we have exchanged some lists in the past but each side needs to update them", said Askar Ahmed Zayl, a delegate from Hadi's government.

"We have three or four days". "We want the war to end and we want that to happen now", he said.

Worldwide pressure to end the war has mounted since the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a leading critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in October by Saudi nationals in their consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened on March 26, 2015, and has carried out more than 18,000 air raids since, with weddings, medical facilities and funerals not spared from the bombardment.

According to recent estimates, as many as 85,000 children may have died from hunger since the beginning of the war.

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