Yemen Saudi Arabia Agreement
An official source in the coalition said in a press statement published by the Saudi Press Agency, on Thursday evening, that it was agreed to form the government headed by Moeen Abdulmalik and consisting of 24 ministers divided between the north and the south with the participation of the Southern Council and other Yemeni political components, and that an agreement was reached, still according to the source, on announcing this government as soon as the implementation of the military component of the Riyadh agreement is within a week. The Riyadh Agreement has suffered many setbacks and has never been implemented, but Saudi Arabia made another breakthrough in July to drive the process. In a statement to The Arab Weekly, the deputy head of the STC`s media department, Mansour Saleh, said, «The council considers the serious direct implementation of the agreement a great achievement that enhances the security situation and completes the implementation of what was agreed as agreed in Riyadh under Saudi apices.» Forces heading towards Aden, Abyan and Shabwa, the site of deadly clashes between government forces and the STC, are expected to return to their original positions as part of the agreement. The Riyadh agreement, first proposed in November, aims to end clashes between the Yemeni government and STC fighters in the southern provinces. Al Jazeera looks below at some of the key features of the agreement. A Saudi-brokered deal last November, called the «Riyadh agreement,» was negotiated in response to a southern separatist takeover of Aden city, the de facto headquarters of the internationally recognized Yemeni government. «The agreement of the Yemeni parties to accelerate the implementation of the agreement reflects a serious desire for dialogue… and support the paths to a pol solution,-to end the crisis,» tweeted Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia`s deputy defense minister. The British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly, reiterated his reaction to the agreement, which «has urgently resumed in the direction of self-help».
He called on the new cabinet to cooperate with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths on «major political progress» for Yemen. The agreement provides for the formation of a new technocratic government, with no more than 24 ministers. CAIRO/DUBAI – Saudi Arabia has presented a resolution to implement the stalled Riyadh agreement, the Saudi state new agency said in a state state said in a statement, but there was no announcement of a deal to end a standoff between nominal allies under a Saudi-led coalition. The statement also stressed that the obstacle to the differences between the government and the STC on the order of implementation of the military and political components of the agreement has been overcome, agreeing to complete the military and security plans necessary for the implementation of the military and security component. «This is an important step towards the implementation of the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council and a new step towards the peace that Yemenis desperately need,» said British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. In accordance with the security part of the agreement, Aden`s police and rescue forces will be responsible for securing the governorate during the reorganization of government forces and STC military formations, in addition to the reorganization of special forces, counter-terrorism forces and military details related to the protection of vital civilian facilities in Aden and the liberated governorates, at the ports of Mhablla, Dhabba, Mokha and the oil unit. The agreement also provides for the unification and redistribution of the security forces, their numbering and annexation to the Ministry of the Interior in Aden, Abyan, Lahj and the other southern governorates.