The government of Yemen and southern separatists signed an agreement on a power-sharing to end civil war in the country that crown prince of Saudi Arabia hailed as a step toward a wider political solution to end the multifaceted conflict.
The Saudi envoy to Yemen told reporters that the pact reached after more than a month of indirect talks in the kingdom would see separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) join a new cabinet with other southerners and all armed forces would be placed under government control.
The signing ceremony of the deal was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, President of the STC Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, alongside other Arab and Western officials and ambassadors.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a televised signing ceremony in Riyadh that “This agreement will open, God willing, broader talks between Yemeni parties to reach a political solution and end the war.”
United Nations has said that the deal is an important step towards ending the civil war in Yemen.
The main points of the agreement are the return of exiled Hadi government to Aden within seven days, the unification of all military formations under the authority of ministries of interior and defense and the formation of an efficient government made up equally between the north and south of Yemen.
On the other hand, Jordan, UAE, USA, Egypt, OIC, and GCC have hailed Riaz Agreement between the Government of Yemen and Southern Transitional Council, saying now peace and stability will be restored in Yemen.
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