Comment by the Information and Press Department on agreements between the Government of the Republic of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council
On November 5, Riyadh hosted the signing of an agreement between the legitimate Yemeni authorities and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) operating in southern Yemen. The ceremony took place in the presence of President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Muhammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
According to incoming reports, this document envisions a set of administrative and political measures to help in overcoming the differences that led to a surge of tensions in a number of south Yemeni provinces in late August of this year.
In accordance to the agreement, the Prime Minister of the government of the Republic of Yemen will begin his work in Aden within seven days, a new cabinet made up of 24 ministers, including an equal number of representatives from the north and the south, will be formed within 30 days, and the military units controlled by the sides will be put under the control of the ministries of defence and internal affairs of the Republic of Yemen.
The agreement also includes a separate clause, under which STC representatives will take part in the governmental delegation at the intra-Yemeni talks on Yemen’s future political system.
Moscow welcomes the decisions adopted in Riyadh. We regard them as an important step towards consolidating Yemeni society and a positive example of successes in achieving mutually acceptable solutions and compromises that are very much needed in today’s Yemen.
We would like to note in particular the mediating role played by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which made a significant contribution to the intra-Yemeni agreements and undertook to monitor practical implementation.
We hope the ability to come to terms and to find common ground demonstrated by the Yemeni sides will facilitate an early political settlement of the protracted military and political conflict involving the Houthi Ansar Allah movement.
As before, we are convinced that the Yemeni crisis has no military solution and that the restoration of a long-awaited peace and stability in friendly Yemen is only possible through a broad-based national dialogue and respect for the interests of all patriotic forces in the country.
For our part, we will further make every effort to assist this.