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India Welcomes Riyadh Agreement in Yemen

Published Nov 13, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

In response to a query on India’s position on Riyadh Agreement signed between internationally recognized Yemen Government and Southern Transitional Council in Riyadh, the Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on 11 November, ” India welcomes the signing of Riyadh Agreement between the Yemeni Government and the South Transitional Council on November 5 in Riyadh. India hopes that it will lead to an early settlement of conflict resulting in peace, progress and prosperity of people of Yemen. India continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemen.”

The Saudi capital Riyadh witnessed on Tuesday 5 November the ceremony of signing the Riyadh Agreement between the Southern Transitional Council and the Government of Yemen in presence of the President of the Southern Transitional Council, President Aidaroos Qasim Al-Zubaidi, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour, in addition to a number of officials and ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries.

Following the signing, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, announced that the Riyadh agreement is an important step towards a comprehensive peace settlement.

The agreement, sponsored by Saudi Arabia, establishes a new phase of cooperation and partnership, to unit the efforts to face the Houthi coup and to resume development and construction, especially in the liberated southern provinces.

The President of the Southern Transitional Council, President Aidaroos Qasim Al-Zubaidi, stressed in a statement to Saudi newspaper Al-Watan on the importance of the Saudi-sponsored Riyadh agreement.

Al-Zubaidi pointed out that this agreement establishes a new phase of cooperation and partnership with the Arab Coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in order to build the institutions, and stabilize security and stability in our country, and to alleviate the suffering of our people, and curb the Houthi militias supported by the Iranian regime.

Al-Zubaidi added: “We have absolute confidence in the wisdom of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman.

Al-Zubaidi stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is making a new peace in the region at a time when there is little hope for finding solutions to the crises and outstanding issues in the Middle East, adding:” I believe that the wisdom, and political experience with the regional and international power of the Kingdom can sponsor dialogues and make peace in the region, as Saudi Arabia has an honorable history of sponsoring peace efforts.

However Iran has not approved of the Riyadh Agreement for reasons of the same not been inclusive and does not include the Houthi group which is supported by Tehran, thus the current status could result only in a temporary peace.