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Saudi Backs UN Efforts in Yemen so Long Peace References Are Met

Saudi Backs UN Efforts in Yemen so Long Peace References Are Met

Friday, 21 September, 2018 - 11:30
Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber and UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat
Riyadh – Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia reiterated on Thursday its support for United Nations efforts to find a settlement in Yemen. It stressed, however, the need to abide by recognized peace references that are the Gulf Initiative, the outcomes of the national dialogue and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The stance was made during a meeting between Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber and UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths in Riyadh. Both diplomats met at the headquarters of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen.

Yemen’si internationally-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Al Jaber had announced eight new projects in August, as part of the long-term Saudi Reconstruction Program in Yemen (SRPY).

Announced in May 2018, SRPY accelerates the work of companies specializing in upgrading critical infrastructure in Yemen. This includes building and expanding civil, industrial, educational and medical facilities complete with state-of-the art technology.

Al Jaber highlighted Saudi efforts, especially those by the Arab Coalition backing the legitimate government, spent on supporting humanitarian operations in Yemen in contrast to atrocities committed the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

Briefing Griffiths on plans and projects by the Saudi center for reconstruction efforts in Yemen, Al Jaber said that his mission is in total support of UN efforts so long they abide the three abovementioned references for sustainable peace.

For his part, Griffiths stressed his efforts on persuading the Houthis to return to consultations.

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