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Bin Daghr Committee Responds to Proposal by Griffiths on Hodeidah

Bin Daghr Committee Responds to Proposal by Griffiths on Hodeidah

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 - 09:45
Bin Daghr chairing Yemeni Cabinet Session in Aden on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Saba
London, Riyadh- Asharq Al Awsat and Nayef Al Rasheed
The Yemeni Foreign Minister revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat the first step to be taken by the committee that was established by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and headed by Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Daghr.

The step is to write a response representing the Yemeni legitimate government's point of view regarding the recent proposal by UN envoy Martin Griffiths on Hodeidah this week.

The foreign minister did not point out to a forthcoming meeting of the committee with the envoy, who will head to Sanaa soon after the militia leaders asked him an opportunity to respond to the same proposal.

Griffith's solution on Hodeidah revolves around three points, sources close to the decision-makers in Yemen told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The first is the UN supervision of the port of Hodeidah, the second is the supply of resources to the Yemeni Central Bank, which was moved to Aden in 2016 and finally the withdrawal of militias.

The Yemeni foreign minister stressed that the Yemeni government's response will contain irreversible headings, most notably the UN references, non-fragmentation of the solution and the complete withdrawal of militias from Hodeidah.

Houthi militia’s Leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi preceded the visit of the UN envoy to Sanaa by saying that he does not rely on UN efforts.

His comments were made in a televised speech on Friday to revive an Iranian occasion in the areas controlled by the group in Yemen.

Opinions differed among observers in regards to Houthi’s speech. Some observers said it showed "a tone of relief compared with the group’s total rejection of former UN envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed.”

Other observers, however, said it was an attempt by the leader of the group to justify the meetings of his leaders with the envoy and his meeting with Griffiths (according to a statement issued by the UN envoy, who indicated that he met Houthi).

While some other observers believe that this is “their behavior since the beginning of the six-year war. They procrastinate and know only war, peace is difficult for them, and they only want to gain more time with Griffiths to rearrange their rows.”

Bin Daghr arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to meet with a number of ambassadors of friendly countries as part of efforts to achieve the comprehensive and just peace sought by the Yemeni people based on the three references represented by the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue and UN Security Council resolution 2216, Saba news agency said.

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