Sisi reiterates support for Yemeni presidential council's efforts to promote peace, stability

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Jun 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has expressed support for Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council’s efforts to reach a just and sustainable political solution that brings peace and an end to suffering in the country.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

 

Earlier on Saturday, El-Sisi received Head of Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council Rashad Al-Alimi in Cairo, where they discussed the latest developments in the conflict-torn country as well as means of boosting bilateral cooperation.

In a joint press briefing with Al-Alimi following the meeting, El-Sisi said he affirmed Egypt's full support for the unity, independence, and territorial integrity of the Yemeni state.

"The security and stability of Yemen is of great importance to Egypt and the entire Arab world," the Egyptian president stressed.

The conflict in Yemen started in 2014 when the Houthi rebels overran the capital of Sanaa and ousted the internationally recognised government from power.

Egypt has since pushed for a political solution in Yemen that would meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people in achieving stability and development and end the extended humanitarian crisis.

During Saturday's briefing, the Egyptian president also voiced support for all efforts aimed at achieving peace in Yemen in line with Yemen’s National Dialogue, the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms, the outcomes of the recent Yemeni consultations in Riyadh under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

El-Sisi reiterated that Egypt welcomes the two-month renewal of the truce agreement in Yemen announced by the United Nations earlier this month, voicing appreciation for the legitimate Yemeni government for respecting its obligations under the terms of the agreement.

He also called on all parties to fully implement the terms of the agreement, saying "this represents a positive development that can be built upon to launch a comprehensive political process in Yemen."

Egypt has responded to the request of the legitimate Yemeni government and the United Nations to operate direct flights between the airports of Cairo and Sanaa to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and to support all efforts that are in their favour, he stressed.

A Yemeni aircraft left the rebel-held capital Sanaa for Cairo on 1 June, marking the first commercial flight between the two cities since 2016.

Red Sea, Bab Al-Mandeb Strait, Arabian Gulf

The meeting also stressed the need for concerted efforts to protect the security and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, Bab Al-Mandeb Strait and the Arabian Gulf, El-Sisi noted, adding that this vital issue is linked to regional and international security and stability.

The discussion also touched on the looming crisis posed by the Safer oil tanker and the need for concerted international efforts to resolve this crisis as soon as possible by providing the necessary support and funding for the relevant UN plan, El-Sisi underscored.

The tanker has been moored in the Red Sea, north of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, which is under the control of the Houthis, with almost no maintenance since 2015 due to the war.

There are fears of an environmental disaster that would affect all countries bordering the Red Sea if the ship explodes or leaks its cargo, which amounts to more than 1.1 million barrels of light crude oil.

The UN is seeking $144 million to fund the salvage operation of the decaying tanker.

The meeting also tackled the threats to the security of the international navigation amid the growing hostile acts backed by Iran, Al-Alimi added.

Bilateral cooperation

The talks also touched upon means of strengthening cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in infrastructure development and energy projects, El-Sisi noted.

El-Sisi said Egypt will spare no effort in helping Yemen, expressing its keenness to provide various aspects of support, especially by training to human cadres and providing medical and food assistance.

The head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council said his country seeks to boost cooperation with Egypt and benefit from the Egyptian experiment in the fields of services, health and infrastructure construction.  

A number of memoranda-of-understanding will be signed by the Egyptian and Yemeni governments in this respect soon, he noted.

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