The Head of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs Abdul Qadir al-Murtadha, has on Monday evening met with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, in order to discuss the prisoners’ situation and ways to advance the issue.
In the meeting, al-Murtadha mentioned the recent agreement that was made regarding prisoners’ issues under the auspices of the United Nations.
Al-Murtadha confirmed the keenness of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs to implement the agreement, calling on the UN Envoy to pressure the US-Saudi party to abide by the agreement and implement it.
In March, the head of the prisoners’ committee condemned the Saudi failure to submit necessary prisoner exchange lists to the United Nations.
“We were scheduled to submit the prisoner exchange lists today, and informed the UN of our readiness, but unfortunately we were informed that the Saudi side is not ready,” al-Murtadha explained.
Al-Murtadha indicated that the US-Saudi aggression requested a week, and expressed his hope that the prisoner exchange agreement would be adhered to as it is.
The head of the prisoners’ committee previously announced an agreement that was reached with the US-Saudi aggression coalition on a prisoner exchange deal through the UN, for the release of 2,223 prisoners, and it was scheduled to exchange lists of prisoners’ names today.
The Yemeni official also indicated that the prisoner exchange process will include the brother of former Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, explaining that the process comes within the framework of the Stockholm Agreement.