The 2016 peace talks marked the last comprehensive end to hostilities across the country.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the ceasefire, saying it had “fueled one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.”
The war has killed thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation.
On Friday, Guterres praised the “Houthis for agreeing to a two-month ceasefire in Yemen, including the Yemeni government, the Saudi-led coalition and cross-border attacks.”
Grundberg added that the ceasefire could be renewed after a two-month period with the consent of the parties.
The foreign minister of Yemen’s Saudi-backed internationally recognized government said on Friday he would take steps to release prisoners, open Sanaa airport and allow oil ships through the port of Hodeidah.
“We immediately announced the departure of the first two fuel vessels through the port of Hodeidah,” he added.
Guterres emphasized the importance of the ceasefire in his statement: “For more than seven years, the war has claimed the lives of millions of Yemeni women, children and men. It is difficult to imagine the extent of their suffering, which is largely far from the media spotlight. The war has fueled one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, brought state institutions to the brink of collapse, disrupted human development in two decades and threatened regional peace and security.
“Today must be the beginning of a better future for the people of Yemen,” he said.
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