Saudi Arabia Succeeds in Bringing Yemeni Government, STC Closer
Saudi efforts have resulted in an executive mechanism to accelerate the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
The two parties announced their approval of the mechanism, in a move likely to reunite the ranks of the Yemenis to confront the Iranian agenda and its Houthi proxies.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman clarified that the efforts spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have resulted in the Yemeni government and the STC agreeing to the proposed executive mechanism by Saudi Arabia to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement with the aim of achieving peace and stability in Yemen.
Prince Khalid, in a Tweet, saluted the Yemeni president and the STC for accepting the Kingdom’s proposal to accelerate the Agreement, and expressed optimism and confidence in the parties committing to its clauses.
A Yemeni government official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, said that a new phase on building and uniting the Yemeni front against the Houthi coup will begin after the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.
The official pointed out that major Saudi and UAE efforts were spent to bring the Yemeni government and the STC closer, adding that “positive results” will be witnessed soon.
According to Yemeni officials, the Yemeni government and the STC had discussed all the details of the Riyadh Agreement and have arrived to comprehensive understandings.
“It is about time that Yemenis put their disputes past them in order to achieve peace, security and stability nationwide,” Yemeni Parliament Speaker Sultan al-Burkani said.
“The Riyadh Agreement is a key to many issues, and what matters now is for us to emerge with complete acceptance. We have discussed all details and we have not postponed any issues,” Burkani told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Large parts of the Riyadh agreement will be implemented within 30 days before the formation of the new government,” he added.