Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow direct flights from Cairo to Yemen’s capital Sana’a for the first time in six years.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak expressed his gratitude to the government of Egypt for responding to their request for direct flights between Sana’a and Cairo.
Mubarak in a tweet post said that authorities in both the countries would work in the upcoming days to coordinate and complete the technical procedures for operating the flights.
The development came after the first commercial flight took off on May 16 from Sana’a to the Jordanian capital Amman
Sana’a is under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthi group while the Yemeni government agreed to a two-month ceasefire which is set to expire on June 2.
Meanwhile, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, concluded a two-day meeting with Yemeni economic experts from diverse backgrounds to consult on priorities for the multi-track peace process.
“Addressing the deteriorating Yemeni economy will be central to both alleviating the chronic suffering of Yemeni civilians and reaching a sustainable solution to some of the key drivers of this conflict,” Grundberg said.
Grundberg and the participants discussed several issues, including coordination of financial and monetary policies, currency exchange rate stabilization across Yemen, public revenues, the financing of public service salaries, and the rising costs of goods due to freedom of movement restrictions as well as other strategic questions of priority.
The participants of the two-day meeting underlined the momentum provided by the truce on economic issues and identified opportunities for incentivizing further progress.
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