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Arab Coalition Says Yemen's Legitimacy, STC to Start Talks in Saudi Arabia

Arab Coalition Says Yemen's Legitimacy, STC to Start Talks in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 22 June, 2020 - 15:45
Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki speaks during a press conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

The Arab Coalition said Monday that Yemen's legitimate government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) have agreed to begin talks in Saudi Arabia on implementing the Riyadh Agreement.

In light of the recent developments in Socotra and Abyan governorate, the Coalition welcomed the response of the legitimacy and the STC on its request for a comprehensive ceasefire, de-escalation and a meeting to be convened in the Kingdom to move forward in implementing the Riyadh Agreement involving committees from both sides.

The Coalition regretted the recent developments in a number of southern governorates in Yemen, and called on all parties to prioritize the country’s national interest.

It also called for ending the bloodshed through implementing the Riyadh Agreement, normalizing the situation in Socotra, implementing a ceasefire in Abyan and avoiding escalations in all Yemeni governorates.

“The Coalition rejects any behaviors that undermine security and stability, and contravene the Riyadh Agreement in liberated areas,” said Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki.

He reaffirmed the Coalition’s longstanding commitment to stand by Yemen and its people, and continue its efforts to unite the Yemenis.

Al-Malki said the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will deploy observers in Abyan to oversee the implementation of the comprehensive ceasefire and separation of forces.

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