Egypt’s FM to discuss Yemen situation with Arab coaltion partners at Riyadh meeting

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Oct 2017

Foreign ministers of the member states of the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen will meet on Sunday to discuss military, political and humanitarian issues relating to the Yemen conflict

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (AP)

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is set to join a meeting of foreign ministers in Riyadh on Sunday to discuss the ongoing situation in Yemen.

The meeting will bring together foreign ministers and chiefs of staff of the member states of the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.

In an official statement, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said participants will discuss three main issues relating to the situation in Yemen, covering miltary, political and humanitarian concerns.

First, at the military level, there will be an assessment of the current security situation and ongoing military operations.

Second, on the political level, there will be an emphasis on the priority of reaching a comprehensive political solution in line with the related UN Security Council resolutions.

A third issue to be tackled is the humanitarian situation, including the coalition's efforts to deal with the human challenges posed by the ongoing conflict.

Participants in the meeting will consider methods of coordination between the coalition member countries to deliver aid to civilians, as well as lessening the suffering of civilians and helping the Yemeni government in efforts to reconstruct the country in all areas.

The Yemeni civil war broke out in September 2014 when rebels of the Houthi movement, who are Zaydi Shia, seized the capital Sanaa from the country's government under then-president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The conflict has pit Hadi's government and the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis, who are allied with former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted following the Arab Spring uprisings.

Since March 2015, more than 8,400 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict.

Close to 2,000 Yemenis have also died of cholera since April and another 600,000 are expected to contract the infection this year.


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