File photo: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: AP)
Egypt welcomed on Thursday the two-week ceasefire declared by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen as of today in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the war-torn country.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Egypt lauds this key initiative and hopes it would pave the way for implementing the UN special envoy to Yemen’s call for a meeting between the country’s legitimate government and Houthi elements.
The UN envoy has said such a meeting would discuss steps and mechanisms to implement a permanent ceasefire in Yemen and resume political talks with the aim of hammering out a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis.
The statement noted that Cairo supports the ceasefire initiative as it helps achieve peace, security and stability in Yemen.
It will also contribute to maintaining Yemeni unity and territorial integrity as well as easing the suffering of its people, the statement added.