Police troopers secure a door of the United Nations offices as people demonstrate to demand the reopening of Sanaa airport in Sanaa, December 10, 2018. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
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Yemen's Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeida's seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country's war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said Monday.Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United Nations-sponsored peace talks between Yemen's warring parties in Sweden last week, wants to avert a full-scale assault on the Red Sea city.Yamani told Reuters that Hodeida, which is currently held by the Iranian-aligned Houthi group, should come under the control of his government.
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