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Al-Alimi Kicks off 1st Foreign Tour Since Formation of Yemen's Presidential Council

Al-Alimi Kicks off 1st Foreign Tour Since Formation of Yemen's Presidential Council

Tuesday, 7 June, 2022 - 04:45
Head of Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council Rashad al-Alimi meets with the United Nations envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg in Aden, Yemen May 10, 2022. (Presidency Media Office/Handout via Reuters)

Head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council Dr. Rashad al-Alimi kicked off on Monday a tour of the region that he started in Kuwait.

His tour will focus on bilateral relations with several friendly nations, the developments in Yemen and means to garner support for reforms in the country, said his press office.

He is accompanied by a delegation that includes member of the Presidential Council Faraj al-Bahsani, and the ministers of foreign affairs, planning and international cooperation, transportation, and public health and population

The Saba news agency said al-Alimi will address efforts to restore the Yemeni state, achieve peace and stability in the country and support the Yemeni economy

The tour is part of consultations between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council over common security threats and Gulf, United Nations and international efforts to achieve peace in Yemen, said a Yemeni presidential source.

He hailed the generous support shown by Kuwait to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He underscored its firm support to the Yemeni people and their political leadership throughout the years, especially as it now confronts the coup by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

Al-Alimi traveled to Kuwait as government and Houthi delegations were in the Jordanian capital, Amman, for UN-sponsored talks aimed at reaching an agreement over lifting the militias' siege on Taiz.

The efforts have stumbled at Houthi demands to open secondary roads leading to Taiz, while the government and UN are demanding the opening of main roads.

The secondary roads, said the government, are dirt roads that are only used for transportation using donkeys and camels and ultimately unsuitable to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid.

The Houthis have threatened to open the roads unilaterally, which the government interpreted as a move to thwart UN efforts and shirk commitments.

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