Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi on Tuesday stressed the importance of setting out specific dates to put implement Stockholm's Agreement between his government and Houthi group (Ansar Allah) during peace consultations hosted by Sweden between the two sides of the Yemeni conflict last December.
During a meeting at his residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Tuesday, Hadi called on UN Secretary-General special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to setting out specific dates to put implement Stockholm's Agreement and to be committed. and to exert international pressure on those impeding implementation.
Hadi said during the meeting, which was attended by Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh, Prime Minister Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik and Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani: "The implementation of Hodeidah agreement is first step toward establishing peace and building necessary confidence, otherwise there is no point of delaying that Houthi rebels always have been famous for".
According to Aden-based Yemen's (Saba) news agency, the UN's envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths said: "We're working on evacuating the seaports, opening routes to Red Sea Silos and implementing Stockholm's Agreement's articles including prisoner-exchange and addressing humanitarian troubles, and the International Security Council will be detailed about the outcomes of these steps".
Martin Griffiths, met on Monday with officials of the United Nations Mission in Sanaa and the Houthis group (Ansar Allah) as part of his efforts to implement the Stockholm agreement concluded by the parties to the conflict, Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Houthis group, in Sweden's consultations last December.
The efforts of the UN envoy are currently focused on overcoming the difficulties facing the implementation of the provisions of the Stockholm Agreement, especially with regard to the redeployment of the forces of the two parties in the province of Hodeida in western Yemen, and swap of prisoners and detainees.
Parties to the nearly 4-year war in Yemen, after 8 days of peace talks in Sweden, agreed on 13 December to cease fire in Hodeida and redeploy their forces from the port city and ports of Hodeida, Salif and Ras Isa.
UN monitor mission has been deployed in Hodeida to monitor rivals' compliance with Stockholm Agreement on Hodeida ceasefire and redeployment, work with both sides on providing local security forces to guard Red City and its three ports, facilitate UN support for parties in fully applying ceasefire deal, and lead and shore up a coordination plan for redeploying forces of both coalition-backed government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.