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Yemen’s government welcomes efforts to establish peace

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The Yemeni legitimate government on Thursday welcomed all efforts to bring peace to Yemen.

The government said in a statement: “The statements made by a number of countries during the past few days, which urge the importance of pushing efforts to reach a political solution, according to the three agreed terms, are consistent with the desire of the political leadership headed by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his government for peace and an end to the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of the coup of the Iranian Houthi militias.”

The statement which was carried by the state-run SABA news agency further added that in this context the Yemeni government support the efforts of the UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.

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The government added: “The government of Yemen is ready to immediately launch talks on the process of confidence-building, primarily the release of all detainees and prisoners, as well as those who have been abducted or subject to enforced disappearance, strengthening the capabilities of the Central Bank of Yemen, which is internationally recognized, and forcing the Houthis to transfer state revenues in their areas of control to the Central Bank to enable it to control the financial and economic situation and the payment of salaries of civil servants.”

It also added: “Confidence-building measures include the opening of airports in accordance with the steps and procedures to ensure safety and ensure the United Nations control of the Hodeidah port in order that the provisions of the relevant international resolutions related to access to prohibited weapons and ballistic missiles smuggled from Iran to the Houthi militias and to humanitarian aid, lifting the blockade on civilians in Taiz, ensuring non-aggression and preventing theft from the warehouses of international organizations, as happened with the World Food Program warehouses in Hodeidah.”

Previous talks broke down in 2016, when 108 days of negotiations in Kuwait between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthi militias failed to lead to a deal.

The government emphasizes the three agreed political solutions. It also stresses that the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and the draft of the new Yemeni constitution have clearly defined the new state, which the Yemenis agree to, a federal state that is far from central in accordance with the principles of justice, equal citizenship and good governance.

The statement concluded that any talk about the form of the Yemeni state must be consistent with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.