The European Union, France and the United Kingdom have welcomed the Riyadh Agreement that set up a power-sharing structure between the Southern Transitional Council and the Yemeni government.
The EU said the announcement of a new Yemeni Government as part of the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement is a positive step toward a comprehensive political solution for the country, an EU spokesperson said on Saturday.
“The European Union appreciates the facilitation efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and encourages all actors to ensure a swift and complete implementation of all provisions of the Riyadh Agreement,” Nabila Massrali, the spokesperson for the European Union External Action Service said.
Saudi Arabia brokered the deal between the deadlocked Yemeni factions, paving the way for a new 24-member government, which was formed in Yemen on Friday, according to a state television report.
“The European Union is committed to the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Yemen, and will continue supporting efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” the spokesperson added.
France on Saturday also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement and the new government, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The French foreign ministry said that this important step would contribute to preserving Yemen’s unity and territorial integrity, SPA said.
For his part, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday hailed Saudi Arabian efforts in forming a new Yemeni government.
“Thanks to Saudi efforts, today a new Yemeni government was announced. This is an important step towards implementing the Riyadh Agreement between the Government of Yemen and Southern Transitional Council and takes us one step closer to the peace that Yemenis urgently need,” Raab said via Twitter.
Thanks to Saudi efforts, today a new Yemeni government was announced.— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) December 18, 2020
This is an important step towards implementing the Riyadh Agreement between the Government of Yemen and Southern Transitional Council and takes us one step closer to the peace that Yemenis urgently need
Saudi Arabia welcomed the government formation in Yemen, according to a foreign ministry statement.
The Saudi foreign ministry statement said the latest developments represented an “important step toward ending the Yemeni crisis.”