Following Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik’s return to the temporary capital of Aden, The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) emphasized the necessity of enabling the government to lead the essential reform initiatives.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General, Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, released a statement welcoming Abdul- Malik’s homecoming and reaffirming the Gulf Cooperation Council nations’ support for his administration.
The Gulf statement emphasized the importance of all parties to the Yemeni conflict fulfilling their obligations and cooperating constructively to end the conflict and restore security and stability to the country, as represented by the Gulf initiative.
While Al-Hajraf assures the importance of carrying out the terms of the “Riyadh Agreement,” His remarks came after an international welcome for the government’s return and a day after a joint statement by the ambassadors of the “Quartet,” which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Quartet statement emphasized the significance of assisting the Yemeni government in achieving security and stability, as well as providing basic services, and praised the Prime Minister’s and Yemeni government’s return to Aden, the interim capital.
“It is essential that the government get full assistance to establish security and stability, as well as to deliver fundamental services, such as economic reforms, that the Yemeni people sorely require,” the statement added.
The European Union Mission in Yemen welcomed the Prime Minister’s return to Aden, the temporary capital, and urged all parties to ensure that the government’s functions are carried out smoothly and safely.
Tim Lenderking, the US Special Envoy to Yemen, hailed Abdul Malik’s return to Aden, and urged the political parties in the government to follow through on their promises to foster peace and stability, saying, “Now is the time to work together.”
Abdul-Malik returned to Aden on Tuesday following two brief visits to the governorates of Shabwa and Hadramout, where Yemeni citizens believe that the government will be able to restore control over economic affairs and stem the currency’s slide.
With the ongoing depreciation of the Yemeni riyal versus international currencies, numerous localities have seen rallies and protests over the situation, with the Central Bank of Yemen vowing to take action to stop the depreciation.