Yemeni Deputy PM to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Await Implementation of Rest of Riyadh Accord
A senior Yemeni official said that construction, development and reconstruction efforts are ongoing in liberated areas, taking place at a strong and accelerated pace about a month after the signing of the Riyadh Agreement between the internationally-recognized government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
“Things are going well in the liberated areas, especially Hadramout governorate,” Salem Al Khanbashi, Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister, told Asharq Al-Awsat.
"Things are going well in Hadramout. Stable security, development, construction and reconstruction are going strong and we have launched a lot of different projects," Khanbashi said.
Asked about new developments regarding the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, he replied: “We are waiting about the implementation of the rest of the items in the coming days. Things will come. We are optimistic.”
“We have had many visits to government buildings with the governor of Hadramout and opened many service and development projects that will improve people's lives,” the official said, pointing out to the restoration of centers and headquarters destroyed by al-Qaeda back in 2015.
Khanbashi also referred to the reopening of Al-Rayyan International Airport, located in Hadramout’s capital, Mukalla, after nearly five years of being shuttered by war and terrorism.
He noted that the number of flights will increase to facilitate the travel of Yemenis and their return from abroad.
The first Yemeni flight landed at the airport last week and was inbound from Cairo, Egypt, carrying dozens of Yemeni passengers.