The Yemeni government emphasised the importance of fully implementing the Riyadh Agreement, reached on 5 November 2019 with the Southern Transitional Council, particularly regarding security and military issues.
Yemen’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Ahmed bin Mubarak, stated that the government bears a great deal of responsibility for this issue and values the support and efforts made by the Saudi brothers to achieve full implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.
During a meeting in Riyadh with the US Ambassador to Yemen’s Chargé d’Affaires, Catherine Westley, the Yemeni minister emphasised that any measures that obstruct the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement are not in the interests of any party. It instead increases Yemenis’ suffering and blocks the government’s programme to restore economic recovery and improve conditions.
Bin Mubarak also denounced the Iranian-backed Houthi militias’ continued defiance and rejection of a proposed peace initiative aiming at a comprehensive ceasefire, reopening Sanaa airport, and returning to political negotiations. Houthis’ ongoing military aggression, particularly against civilians in Marib, would exacerbate the situation.
The US ambassador to Yemen’s Chargé d’Affaires reaffirmed the US position, urging Houthis to accept a ceasefire and promptly start negotiations.