UAE’s Gargash: Road to peace in Yemen still bumpy

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that the road to achieving peace in Yemen is still bumpy stressing the importance of United Nations leadership in ensuring political process in the war ravaged country.

In a series of tweets on Friday, minister Gargash said: “The road ahead remains bumpy but this significant breakthrough will make peace possible. The UN led Yemeni owned process is necessary to sort out contending aspirations. Yet established references including UNSCR 2216 is essential.”

The UAE minister added that Sweden deal on Yemen - which was brokered by the UN after a week-long negotiations between the Yemeni warring parties - is the first step to build on.

Gargash said in his tweet: “The day after Sweden brings hope to Yemen. A first & important step toward a sustainable political outcome. We will continue to support the political & humanitarian process as well as plans for reconstruction.”

He reiterated that the military pressure by the Arab coalition backing the legitimate Yemen government against the pro-Iranian Houthi militias was behind making the Sweden deal possible.

“The Coalition’s fundamental argument that military pressure will bring political results & that Hodeida is critical to the process has proven right. Now we must concentrate on building on Sweden,” he said.

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Gargash expressed hope for a Yemeni state at peace with itself and its neighbors away from internal conflicts and foreign interference.

He wrote: “Longer term we seek a Yemen at peace with itself & its neighbors. Where the state is effective not powerful parallel militias controlled externally. A Yemen looking toward the future with confidence.”

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