Arab and international reactions welcomed the "Riyadh Agreement," which was signed Tuesday between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council, in an effort to end the conflict between the two sides, whose forces fought and exchanged control in southern provinces, starting from Last August.
US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Twitter that the agreement "is a very good start! Please all do your best to reach a final agreement."
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described the Riyadh agreement as "a great step in the course of resolving the Yemeni crisis, reinforcing Yemen's unity and consolidating stability and peace in the region."
Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit welcomed the signing of the Riyadh agreement, pointing out that it is an important step to maintain the integration of Yemeni soil and to prevent the country from sliding towards further division and disintegration.
An official source at the Arab League Secretariat said that the Riyadh agreement gives an indication of the possibility of consensus between the Yemeni parties in order to avoid war and division.
The source added that the preservation of the unity and independence of Yemen and the integration of its national soil are objectives that enjoy the support and support of all parties keen on the future of Yemen and its people.
The source expressed hope that the agreement would be a step towards ending the war in Yemen, in a manner that preserves its stability and its neighbors' security.
Bahrain also welcomed the signing of the Riyadh agreement, stressing that "this great achievement represents an important starting point for a stage of cooperation and unification between the national parties in Yemen to achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people in security, development, prosperity and the elimination of terrorism."
Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid al-Jarallah said that the Riyadh agreement laid firm foundations for a solid government capable of managing future peace consultations there.
Jarallah described the agreement as "an entry point for peace negotiations between the legitimate government and the Houthi side."
For its part, the UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it welcomes the agreement between the Yemeni government and the transitional council, affirming Abu Dhabi's support and support for "everything that serves the interests of the Yemeni people and contributes to its stability and security," according to WAM.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman said that the Riyadh agreement "is the culmination of the Kingdom's efforts led by the Crown Prince to achieve security, stability, peace-making and development in Yemen."
The Saudi Deputy Defense Minister expressed his hope that this agreement "will be the starting point for opening a new page of genuine dialogue among all the sons of Yemen; to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis."
April Longley, from the International Crisis Group, considered that the agreement may be positive, but it is too early to confirm.
"At best, it will reduce the pace of violence and pave the way for negotiations involving more Yemeni parties and also the presence of southern separatists, who are an important field component.", she added.
According to Crisis Group analyst Peter Salisbury, the agreement "for the time being prevents a war within a war."
"In the short term, the agreement will allow the coalition to hold together and focus on fighting the Houthis," said Elizabeth Kendall, a Yemen researcher at Pembroke College, Oxford University.
Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber said in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat that the agreement sends "a message to the world that the dispute between the Yemeni parties can be resolved politically."
He added that "the solution of the Yemeni crisis is possible through sincere dialogue and seriousness in stopping the war or the use of force to achieve political goals," pointing out that "the opportunity is ripe for a political solution to end the crisis."
According to the agreement, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) will take over a number of ministries in the internationally recognized government of Yemen, which will return to the province of Aden, which was taken as the temporary capital of the country, according to officials and Saudi media reports.