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Yemeni government, separatist group agree to stop escalation, says Saudi Arabia

July 2, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Saeed Al-Khanbashi (R) and Southern Transitional Council (STC) representative Nasser Al-Habci (L) are seen during a signing ceremony of ‘Riyadh Agreement’ between the Yemeni government and the UAE-backed separatist forces, Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 5 November 2019 [Algaloud/Anadolu Agency]

Saudi Arabia on Friday announced that the Yemeni government and a separatist group have agreed on a mechanism to stop escalation between the two sides, Anadolu Agency reported.

A Saudi statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency said “representatives of the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) met in Riyadh to discuss continuing efforts to push for implementing the Riyadh agreement.”

The Riyadh Agreement was signed on Nov. 5, 2019 between the Yemeni government and STC, and included several political, security and economic provisions such as the formation of a new Yemeni government with STC’s participation and integration of Yemeni militias into the Yemeni government forces.

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Saudi Arabia called upon both sides to set aside differences and stick to common interests to continue implementing the terms of agreement in order to unify the Yemeni people and to stop bloodshed.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak welcomed the Saudi Arabia’s statement on the Riyadh agreement.

“We welcome the statement issued by Saudi Arabia, which includes clear messages to respect the agreed commitments to stop the escalation and prepare for the speedy return of the Yemeni government to Aden,” bin Mubarak wrote on Twitter.

The STC has yet to comment on the statement.

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