During his meeting with Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik in Riyadh on Sunday, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said that the Arab coalition in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, is keen to bring security, peace, and stability to the country, according to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA.”
“The Kingdom welcomes the announcement by Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, of a cease-fire to stop military operations inside Yemen and on the Saudi-Yemeni border, which is in line with the Saudi initiative announced in March 2021 to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political solution,” Prince Khalid bin Salman added “.
“Saudi Arabia expects that this truce will contribute to political efforts to find a political settlement through Yemeni-Yemeni negotiations held under the auspices of the GCC” the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister said.
The Yemeni Prime Minister, for his part, lauded Saudi Arabia’s constant commitment to back the government’s efforts and maintain the sovereignty, security, and stability of Yemen” under diverse circumstances.
“The Yemeni government is counting on the Kingdom’s support, donors from the GCC, and the international community to provide the government’s needs,” The Yemeni Prime Minister said.
He added that this will contribute to achieving economic stability in Yemen and alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Yemen’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed bin Mubarak, accused the Houthi group of breaking the cease-fire the same night it went into effect and resuming the offensive on the Ma’rib Governorate, northeast of Sana’a, earlier on Sunday.
After all, parties replied affirmatively to the UN proposal for a cease-fire, the truce between the parties in Yemen’s conflict comes into force on Saturday, bringing a ray of hope to a country wracked by a seven-year war.
According to a statement from the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg’s office, the armistice agreement calls for the cessation of all aggressive land, air, and sea activities inside and beyond Yemen, as well as the freezing of present military positions on the ground.
The entry of 18 oil derivatives ships to the ports of Hodeidah” in the country’s west, as well as the operation of two commercial flights weekly to Sana’a and from there to Jordan and Egypt during the months of the ceasefire, were also included in the agreement.