The legitimate government in Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) signed the “Riyadh Agreement” on Tuesday, November 5th, in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, marking an important and decisive turning point in the history of the region.
The deal was officially signed in the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE’s Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, President of the STC Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, alongside other Arab and Western officials and ambassadors.
The ‘Riyadh Agreement’ reached between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council is seen as the result of a sincere and great effort exerted by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who officially announced the deal.
Initiating a new stage of cooperation in the Yemeni governorates under their control, the agreement will effectively contribute to stopping the daily fighting, conflict, and destruction afflicting Yemen by Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militias.
Furthermore, the agreement also includes the return of the legitimate government to Aden within seven days, the unification of all military formations under the authority of the Ministries of Interior and Defence, and the formation of an efficient government made up equally between the north and south of Yemen.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed remarked that the UAE deeply treasured the great efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in unifying the Yemeni parties and its pivotal role in reaching the Riyadh Agreement.
The Saudi Crown Prince stated that the Kingdom is keen on seeing the unity and stability of Yemen, adding that their aim is to support the Yemeni people and face foreign interference in their internal affairs, and heal the rift between the Yemeni parties.
In a positive reaction to the historic agreement, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths congratulated the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council on reaching an agreement on the way forward.
Griffiths said, “The signing of this agreement is an important step for our collective efforts to advance a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Yemen. Listening to southern stakeholders is important to the political efforts to achieve peace in the country.”
He also hailed the strenuous diplomatic efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for mediating successfully the Riyadh Agreement, saying that this agreement will strengthen stability in Aden and the surrounding governorates and improve the lives of their citizens.
Earlier this week, Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber announced on Friday, November 1st, that the signing ceremony of the Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council would be held on Tuesday under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.