US welcomes Yemeni pact as push for inclusive solution

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-11-07 | Since 8 Month

State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus

The Riyadh Agreement inked by the Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) is a "pivotal step" towards a broad political settlement in the war-torn country, the US Department of State said Wednesday.

"We are hopeful that with this agreement, all parties will work together to end the conflict and to achieve the peace and stability that Yemen's people deserve," the State Department spokesperson said in a statement.

Having signed the pact, the two parties "demonstrated the spirit of compromise needed from all sides to reach a lasting solution," Morgan Ortagus added, urging parties' commitment to applying the deal.

"We will continue to work with our international partners to bring peace, prosperity and security to Yemen," she said.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government and the STC inked the Riyadh pact, in a bid to end conflict between the two parties, following infighting that led to STC's seizure of Aden last August.

In addition to its main provisions, the pact includes appendices for political and economic, military, and security arrangements.

Under the pact, the official government would return to Aden within 7 days, all military forces would be reorganized under the defense and interior ministries, and a 24-minister technocrat political government would be formed and equally shared by northern and southern provinces.

The deal also provides for STC's involvement into the government negotiations on an ultimate political solution.

Yemen has been racked by a 4.5-year bloody conflict between the Yemeni internationally-recognized government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

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