Official Source: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Proposes to Yemeni Government, Southern Transitional Council Mechanism to Accelerate Implementation of Riyadh Agreement

Wednesday 1441/12/8 - 2020/07/29
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Riyadh, July 29, 2020, SPA -- An official source stated that based on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s keen interest in implementing the Riyadh Agreement which was signed by the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council on November 5, 2019, and in continuation of the Kingdom's efforts to achieve security and stability in Yemen and to implement the Riyadh Agreement, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has proposed to both parties of the agreement a mechanism to accelerate the implementation of it, which includes;
maintaining the ceasefire and de-escalation between the legitimate government and the Southern Transitional Council, which came into effect in 22/6/2020. The Southern Transitional Council announcing that it is abandoning self-administration and that it is resuming the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. And appointing a governor and security director for Aden Governorate, and assigning the Yemeni Prime Minister to form a government of political competencies within 30 days. In addition, the military forces should exit Aden Governorate and the forces of the two parties in Abyan should be separated and return to their previous positions. Finally, the government of political competencies shall be formed with equal representation from the North and the South of Yemen, provided that among them are ministers representing the Southern Transitional Council. Once this is implemented, the government should commence its work in Aden, and oversee the completion of the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement in accordance with all its clauses and tracks.
The source added that an effort was made to bring together the two parties of the agreement in Riyadh, with an effective participation and support of the United Arab Emirates. The two parties have responded and have expressed their acceptance of the proposed mechanism. They have also agreed to implement it, in order to overcome the existing obstacles; to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement; to give the interests of the Yemeni people the highest priority; to set the environment necessary for the government to commence all its activities from Aden; to set in motion the development process in the liberated areas, in addition to advancing all the tracks to end the Yemeni crisis, especially the peace effort sponsored by the United Nations and its envoy to Yemen.
The source also added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia values the positive response from the Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the delegations of the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council, which led to these positive results, while stressing the importance of adhering to what was agreed upon.
The official source affirmed the continued support of the coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the legitimate Yemeni government and the continued efforts of the United Nations to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis in accordance with the three references, together with what the Yemeni people agree upon.
02:11 LOCAL TIME 23:11 GMT