Houthis release hostages one day ahead of the talks with UN Envoy to Yemen
Sept 21, Saana: The Houthis have released hostages before the talks between the group and the UN envoy to Yemen scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
According to reports, two Americans, one British national and three Saudis who had been held for months by the Houthis, arrived in Oman on Monday after being released.
Sources claim that their release appears to be a goodwill gesture before talks between Houthis and the UN envoy to Yemen on efforts to end nearly six months of fighting.
According to Oman's foreign ministry, it had worked with Yemeni authorities in Sanaa to ensure the release of the Americans held by the Iran-allied Shia Houthis. The ministry in the statement issued on Monday, stated that the three Saudi nationals and the Briton were also freed and flown to Muscat aboard the same flight.Meanwhile, according to The White House the release of the Americans was arranged through the help of Oman's Sultan Qaboos.
Similarly, Britain's foreign office also confirmed that a British national had travelled to Oman from Yemen.
The Oslo Times