The Arab Coalition’s decision to initiate a two-week ceasefire in Yemen to curb the coronavirus outbreak comes in support of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths calls to end the Yemeni conflict, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said.
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“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been a leader in supporting the brotherly Yemeni people during the last 40 years, and we will continue to stand by Yemen’s side during these circumstances,” he said in a tweet.
“We hope that the Houthis will seize this opportunity and respond in a productive and serious way to this initiative and prioritize the interests of the Yemeni people.”
The Arab Coalition on Wednesday declared a complete two-week ceasefire in Yemen, which began at noon on April 9, as part of the efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision comes after an initial announcement on March 25 to endorse calls by Griffiths for warring parties to lay down their weapons.
“Based on the Kingdom’s concerns and commitment to the health and safety of the Yemeni people, the Kingdom has continued its support to the United Nations, and this year it has contributed $500 million to the United Nation’s Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen, in addition to $24 million to help combat the coronavirus outbreak,” the foreign minister said.