US, Saudi Arabia welcome extending Yemen truce, urge for permanent peace

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The US and Saudi Arabia welcomed on Thursday the extension of a two-month truce in Yemen and reaffirmed their support for efforts that aim to reach a permanent solution to the crisis in the war-torn country.

“I welcome the announcement today of a continuation of the truce in the Yemen conflict,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

Biden noted that the past two months in Yemen “have been among the most peaceful periods since this terrible war began seven years ago.”

He added that now that the truce has been extended for two more months, it’s important to make efforts to make it permanent.

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The president called on all parties to work toward achieving a “comprehensive and inclusive peace process.”

Biden also praised the cooperative diplomacy from across the region that made the truce possible.

“Saudi Arabia demonstrated courageous leadership by taking initiatives early on to endorse and implement terms of the UN-led truce.”

He also highlighted Oman’s significant role in hosting and facilitating dialogue as well as Egypt’s and Jordan’s moves of opening their airports to flights from Yemen over the past month.

Separately on Thursday, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also welcomed extending the truce.

The Kingdom also voiced hope that the efforts of UN special envoy Hans Grundberg will succeed in opening roads in Taiz to facilitate the movement of civilians, according to a statement issued by the foreign ministry.

“The Kingdom reaffirms its support of all UN-led efforts to reach a permanent political solution to the crisis in Yemen and to end the suffering of the Yemeni people,” the ministry said.

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