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Saudi Arabia announces initiative to end Yemeni crisis

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced an initiative to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive political resolution, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The initiative, unveiled by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, comes in continuation of the Kingdom’s concern for Yemen and the region’s security and stability and its serious and practical steps to support peace in Yemen and put an end to the crisis.

The initiative aims to end the human suffering of the Yemeni people and affirms the Kingdom’s support for reaching a comprehensive political resolution between the Yemeni parties in line with discussions in Biel, Geneva, Kuwait, and Stockholm.

The initiative includes the following proposals: A comprehensive ceasefire across the country under the supervision of the United Nations; depositing taxes and custom revenues for ships carrying oil derivatives to the port of Hodeidah in the joint account of the Central Bank of Yemen in Hodeidah, in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement on Hodeidah; the reopening of Sanaa International Airport to a number of direct regional and international destinations; the start of consultations between the Yemeni parties to reach a political resolution to the crisis under the auspices of the United Nations based on the references of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue.

This initiative comes with the framework of the continuous support for the efforts of UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and US envoy to Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, along with the positive role of the Sultanate of Oman, and the push to reach a political resolution to the crisis under the auspices of the UN.

The Kingdom calls on the Yemeni government and the Iranian-backed Houthi militias to accept the initiative, which gives the Houthis the opportunity to stop the bloodshed in Yemen, address the humanitarian and economic conditions that the Yemeni people are suffering from, and gives them the opportunity to become partners in achieving peace.

The initiative gives the Houthis an opportunity to uphold the interests of the Yemeni people first, and the people’s right to their sovereignty and the independence of their homeland over the Iranian regime’s expansionist ambitions in Yemen and the region. The Kingdom calls on the Houthis to declare their acceptance of the initiative, which is to be implemented under the supervision and monitoring of the UN.

Saudi Arabia also affirms its full right to defend its territories, citizens, and residents from systematic attacks carried out by the Houthis against civilian areas and vital installations that not only target the Kingdom’s national interests but also target the core of the global economy and its supplies, as well as global energy security.

The kingdom also stresses its total rejection of Iranian interference in the region and Yemen. The Iranian regime’s support for Houthi militias through smuggling, developing, and supplying missiles and weapons, provision of military experts, and violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, remains the main reason for the prolongation of the Yemeni crisis.

The Kingdom and Arab coalition countries underscore their continued support for the Yemeni people and their legitimate government.

The Kingdom also underlines that it will remain committed to its humanitarian role in alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people, by supporting all efforts for peace, security, and stability in Yemen and moving towards a new stage for the development and improvement of their livelihood.

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