Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman on Thursday discussed with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths ways to support the political process and efforts to implement the Stockholm Agreement in Yemen.
The Deputy Minister briefed Griffiths on the Kingdom's efforts to mediate a solution for the situation in south Yemen.
The Special Envoy, for his part, appreciated the Kingdom's great efforts in this respect and highlighted the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia and its leadership under the Crown Prince in supporting UN efforts aiming to reach a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.
Griffiths also briefed Prince Khalid bin Salman on the progress made in implementing the Hodeidah agreement, particularly with regard to activating the ceasefire monitoring mechanism.
Asharq Al-Awsat had learned from an informed Saudi source that the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) reached an agreement sponsored by Saudi Arabia, which will be signed in Riyadh soon.
The source said that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition will oversee a joint committee to follow up the agreement’s implementation.
“A cabinet of 24 ministers equally split between the southern and northern provinces and appointed by the Yemeni president would be formed,” they added.
The source explained that the agreement “focused heavily on the unification and activation of state institutions to serve Yemen in all its components and meet the needs of citizens.”