UNSC welcomes Riyadh Agreement on Yemen

NEW YORK, The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday welcomed the signing of the Riyadh Agreement between the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) two days ago. In a press statement, the UNSC members stressed that the deal is a positive move towards a comprehensive and inclusive political solution for Yemen, welcoming the mediation efforts of Saudi Arabia.

The members reiterated their full support for efforts by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths to work with Yemen’s parties to pave the way for resuming comprehensive and inclusive negotiations, without delay, on the security and political arrangements necessary to end the conflict and move towards a peaceful transition, the statement said, according to the UNSC website.

This is in line with the relevant UNSC resolutions including the 2,216 of 2015, the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, as well as the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, it noted.

The members reaffirmed their call on the parties to continue broader implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

They reiterated their strong commitment to Yemen’s unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The legitimate government in Yemen and the STC signed the Riyadh Agreement on Tuesday, under the auspices of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The deal between the two Yemeni sides against the Iranian-backed Houthi militia initiates a new phase of collaboration in the Yemeni governorates under their control.

The accord was signed in Riyadh, in the presence of UAE’s Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Source: Kuwait News Agency