Yemen deal 'will help bring back security': Saudi-envoy to US
(Sourced from PTI)
Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition partners "strongly support" an agreement reached on Yemen in UN-brokered peace talks yesterday, which includes a ceasefire in the vital port of Hodeida, Riyadh's US ambassador Khalid bin Salman said. "The agreement announced today will help bring back security to the region including the security of the significant Red Sea," the envoy said on his Twitter account.
The agreement announced today will help bring back security to the region including the security of the Red Sea, a vital water way for international trade.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) December 13, 2018
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the breakthrough in Sweden, where representatives of the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels held talks on ending the conflict in Yemen, which has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Guterres said the warring sides agreed to a ceasefire in war-torn Hodeida, and that all forces would be withdrawn from the city and harbor.
The United Nations, Guterres said, would play a "leading role" in monitoring the rebel-held port and facilitate aid access for the civilian population. In a series of tweets, the Saudi envoy expressed support for the agreement while defending the kingdom's role in the four-year-old war.
The Arab Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen was founded to protect the Yemeni people and end the war and the humanitarian crisis that started as a result of the Iranian-backed Houthi takeover of Yemen.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) December 13, 2018
Khalid, who is the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, portrayed the Iranian-backed Houthis as the cause of the humanitarian crisis and maintained that "only consistent military pressure by the Yemeni armed forces and the Arab coalition forced them to agree" to UN supervision of Hodeida. He further said he hopes that Houthis accept a comprehensive political solution.
We hope that the Houthis accept a comprehensive political solution, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, that serves the interests of Yemen and its people rather than working on behalf of the Iranian regime’s interests.— Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان (@kbsalsaud) December 13, 2018
A new round of talks has been set for January end, with analysts predicting that Washington will continue to pressure Saudi Arabia to end the conflict. The Houthi rebel movement, which started in 2015, has resulted in the death of over 50,000 people in Yemen.