The United States Celebrated the Ceasefire Agreed in Yemen

The United States Celebrated the Ceasefire Agreed in Yemen

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stressed the need to focus efforts "on ensuring lasting peace and participating in a process led by the UN special envoy
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stressed the need to focus efforts "on ensuring lasting peace and participating in a process led by the UN special envoy

The United States celebrated that both the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Houthis have accepted the two-month truce proposed by the organization and called on all parties to adhere to this ceasefire “for the good of the Yemeni people.”

“More than seven years of fighting have caused great suffering and destruction throughout the country. Yemenis demand peace. It is time for the parties to listen to them and seize this defining moment,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Thus, Blinken stressed that efforts must be focused “on ensuring a lasting ceasefire and participating in an inclusive political process” led by the UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, “whose support will work closely with the envoy American special, Tim Lenderking”.

“We will continue to work closely with the UN to support the truce which, if fully implemented, would stop fighting and attacks for at least 60 days and ease the flow of goods and people, providing much-needed relief to millions of Yemenis. while observing the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

The warring parties in Yemen, whose conflict has led to the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet, according to the UN, reached an agreement on Friday for a two-month comprehensive ceasefire  that will begin this Saturday, coinciding with the beginning of the month muslim holy of ramadan.

This truce , one of the longest since the conflict began in 2014,  was announced by the UN special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, and was achieved after lengthy talks with the belligerent groups with the promise of lifting the blockade of the main installations controlled by the Houthi rebels.

“ The parties to the conflict have responded positively to the United Nations proposal for a two-month truce that will come into force tomorrow, April 2, at 7:00 p.m. ,” said the UN envoy in statements reproduced in a statement.

The importance of this truce is also due to the fact that the parties not only  agreed to stop their military operations within Yemen, but also “beyond its borders”,  according to the note, referring to the Houthi missile and drone attacks. against Saudi Arabia.

The cessation of hostilities has been announced at a time when  intra-Yemeni consultations are underway in Riyadh – in which the Houthi rebels do not participate – with the aim of seeking a roadmap  and thus putting an end to this bloody conflict that has mowed down thousands of lives.

The insurgents, backed by Iran, refused to attend the event as it was held in Saudi Arabia,  a country that has led a military coalition since 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government of President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, exiled in Riyadh.

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