40th Session of GCC Supreme Council Issues Final Communique 10 Riyadh

Tuesday 1441/4/13 - 2019/12/10
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52- The Supreme Council affirmed the GCC firm stances and decisions regarding the crisis in the Republic of Yemen and the need to reach a political solution to the crisis in accordance with the references represented by the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue conference, and the Security Council resolution no. 2216, expressing its support for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations to reach a political solution to the crisis in Yemen according to these references.
53- The Supreme Council commended the efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its sponsorship of the Jeddah Dialogue to mend fences among the brothers in the Yemeni Republic, which culminated in the signing of Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council in the interest of the Yemeni people. The Council hailed the efforts of the United Arab Emirates for the agreement's success.
54- The Supreme Council welcomed the legitimate Yemeni government's step to begin its work from the provisional capital of Aden in implementation of Riyadh agreement in order to activate all state institutions in all liberated governorates to serve the Yemeni citizen. The council also welcomed the convening of 1st session of the Yemeni Parliament in the Yemeni territories in Sayun since the Houthi coup against the legitimate authority. Holding the parliamentary first session represents an important step towards activating the role of constitutional institutions in Yemen.
55- The Supreme Council affirmed that it will continue to support the development projects in the Republic of Yemen, where the cost of these projects exceeds USD13 billion.
56- The Supreme Council hailed the achievements of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) through its field branches in the Yemeni governorates as well as the humanitarian support provided by the GCC Relief and Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office (GAFC). The council also lauded the humanitarian assistance provided by all GCC countries, hailing the GCC support for the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen for the year 2019, where the GCC countries provided 42% of the total value of the UN plan of USD4.2 billion, as the United Arab Emirates provided USD750 million, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia USD750 million, the State of Qatar USD27 million and the State of Kuwait USD250 million. The council also praised the efforts of the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM) where more than 100,000 mines had been dismantled since the beginning of the project and the launch of the second phase of the project at a cost of USD30 million.
57- The Supreme Council commended the decision of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen to release 200 prisoners of the Houthi militias in addition to launching flights in cooperation with the World Health Organization to transport patients from the capital for treatment abroad.
58- The Supreme Council commended the accomplishments of the Yemeni army with the support of the Arab coalition forces on all fronts to restore the legitimacy of the Yemeni state and its institutions, stressing that the GCC states stand with the Yemeni government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Yemeni people until the restoration of their state.
59- The Supreme Council affirmed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias' terrorist hostilities and operations in targeting civilians and civil objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represent a violation of the international and humanitarian law. The council added that the Houthi violations represent war crimes and a real threat to the regional and international security. The council emphasizes the legitimate right of the Arab Coalition to take and implement the necessary measures to deal with these hostile and terrorist acts in accordance with the rules of the international and humanitarian law, asserting the need to prevent arms smuggling to Houthi-backed militias from Iran that threaten freedom of maritime navigation and global trade in the strait Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea.
60- The Supreme Council commended the joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, on August 27, 2019, which affirmed a continuation of the relief efforts for the Yemeni people and the working on achieving the interests, security and stability of the Yemeni people.
61- The Supreme Council hailed the announcement by the Command of the Coalition Forces to reposition the coalition forces in Aden, to be under the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and to redeploy them according to the requirements of the current operations. The council appreciated the continuous efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to coordinate plans of the military and security operations in Aden.
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