Yemeni government and STC separatists agree to end conflict

Yemeni government and STC separatists agree to end conflict

Saudi Arabia on Friday (2/7) announced that the Yemeni government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) had agreed on a mechanism to stop the escalation between the two sides.


UMMATIMES - A Saudi statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency said "representatives of the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) met in Riyadh to discuss ongoing efforts to push forward the implementation of the Riyadh agreement."

The Riyadh agreement was signed on November 5, 2019 between the Yemeni government and the STC, and includes several political, security and economic provisions such as the formation of a new Yemeni government with the participation of the STC and the integration of Yemeni militias into the Yemeni government forces.

Saudi Arabia called on both sides to put aside differences and stick to common interests to continue implementing the terms of the agreement to unite the Yemeni people and stop the bloodshed.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed bin Mubarak welcomed Saudi Arabia's statement on the Riyadh deal.

"We welcome the statement issued by Saudi Arabia, which includes a clear message to honor the agreed commitments to halt the escalation and prepare for the speedy return of the Yemeni government to Aden," bin Mubarak tweeted.

The STC has not yet commented on the statement.

The Riyadh agreement aims to end differences and disputes between the Yemeni government and the STC to focus on confronting the Iran-backed Houthi group in Yemen. On July 28, 2020, the Arab Coalition announced a proposal to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement under which the Yemeni separatist STC gave up unilaterally claimed self-rule in the southern region.

The Riyadh agreement includes 29 terms to address the political, social, economic and security situation in Yemen's southern provinces. However, both sides blamed each other for not sticking to the deal.