Saudi Arabia Welcomes Agreement To Extend UN-Brokered Truce In Yemen

Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed an agreement to extend the UN-brokered truce in Yemen, and extolled the UN’s efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the war-torn country.

Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement commended the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg to enhance commitment to the current ceasefire in line with the initiative of Saudi Arabia announced in March 2021 to end the crisis in Yemen.

The ministry stressed the Kingdom’s firm position and support for everything that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen.

The ministry also emphasized the importance of the Houthis’ commitment to the provisions of the current truce, the speedy opening of crossings in Taiz, and depositing revenues in the Central Bank of Yemen to pay the salaries of civil servants.

On July 5, Grundberg announced that Yemen’s warring parties, the Suadi-backed Yemeni government, and Iran-backed Houthis agreed to consolidate the current truce in the upcoming Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the feast of sacrifices.

“The parties’ focal points in the military coordination committee agreed to consolidate their commitment to the current truce through a continued halt of all offensive ground, aerial, and maritime military operations, inside and outside of Yemen, and freezing current military positions on the ground,” Grundberg’s office said in a statement.

The Yemeni government and the Houthis also agreed to work in the military coordination committee to enhance their efforts to build trust and contribute to a more conducive environment for dialogue, as well as improve the situation for Yemeni civilians.

Since April 2, the warring parties of Yemen have abided by the nationwide ceasefire but traded accusations of violations.

Yemen has been engulfed in war since 2014, when the Houthi rebels took control of several provinces, including the capital city Sanaa.

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