The Arab world hailed on Tuesday the signing of the Riyadh agreement between the Yemen’s legitimate government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz sponsored the signing ceremony that took place in the Saudi capital on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and STC chief Aidarous al-Zubaidi and several senior officials.
Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit welcomed the signing of the agreement, stressing that it is an important step to maintain the unity of Yemen and prevent it from sliding towards further division.
He highlighted the significant role played by Saudi Arabia in bringing together the disputed parties and pushing them to the negotiating table.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen welcomed the agreement, saying it will help boost the security and stability of Yemen and unite it against the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
The agreement marks the beginning of a new phase to reach radical solutions to the crises in Yemen, he added.
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani praised the signing of the Riyadh agreement, hailing it as an important historic step to preserve Yemen’s security, stability and unity.
It will help unify Yemeni efforts to confront the Houthi militias and restore legitimacy throughout the country, he added.
He lauded the sincere efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman to reach this historic agreement.
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi hailed the Riyadh deal, tweeting: “The agreement is a great step in the course of resolving the Yemeni crisis, and bolsters the unity of brotherly Yemen and establishes stability and peace in the region.”
Kuwait welcomed the signing of the agreement, saying it is an essential pillar for preserving Yemen's sovereignty and achieving its unity.
An official source at the Foreign Ministry praised the great efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to support Yemen to achieve its security, stability and prosperity.
The source, as quoted by Kuwait news agency, expressed the hope that the Riyadh agreement will usher in the desired political solution to preserve the stability of Yemen and the security of the region.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the agreement was an important step toward healing the rift and consolidating Yemeni unity. It will also boost efforts to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.
Safadi commended Saudi Arabia's role under the leadership of King Salman that culminated in the signing of the agreement.
He also hailed the UAE's continued efforts to find a political solution to the crisis.