Yemeni delegation arrives in Saudi Arabia to discuss implementation of Riyadh Agreement

Yemeni Southern Transitional Council member and former Aden Governor Nasser Al-Khabji, left, and Yemen’s deputy Prime Minister Salem Al-Khanbashi sign a power-sharing deal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (FILE/AP)
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Updated 25 June 2020

Yemeni delegation arrives in Saudi Arabia to discuss implementation of Riyadh Agreement

  • Earlier this week the UN envoy to Yemen called on the Yemeni government and the STC to implement the Riyadh agreement urgently
  • Last year, Saudi Arabia brokered a deal between the two sides after government forces clashed with those allied to the STC

A Yemeni delegation including members of parliament and advisors to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi’s arrived in Riyadh from Cairo, Al Arabiya TV reported on Thursday.

The delegation will hold meetings to discuss the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement in accordance with the recent Saudi proposal, according to Yemen’s Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani.

The Saudi proposal for a ceasefire was approved by both the government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in the coastal province of Abyan earlier this week.  The proposal called for a de-escalation of tensions between the two parties in preparation to implementing the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement.

Earlier this week the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, condemned the ongoing Houthi military escalation throughout Yemen, especially the recent increase in hostilities, and called on the Yemeni government and the STC to implement the Riyadh agreement urgently.

His office said in a statement on Twitter that the escalation ran counter to the spirit of the ongoing negotiations being facilitated by the United Nations with the aim of reaching an agreement between the parties on a comprehensive ceasefire.

“I urge the parties again to seriously reduce the escalation and give peace a chance.,” Griffiths said. “There is no justification for the military escalation, and it conflicts with the hopes of Yemeni men and women for peace and makes the daily struggle for survival in Yemen more difficult.”


Jordan limits comprehensive curfew to Fridays until end of 2020

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Jordan limits comprehensive curfew to Fridays until end of 2020

  • The comprehensive curfew will be implemented on Friday, while the partial nighttime curfew the next day

DUBAI: Jordan’s comprehensive curfew has been revised and will now be imposed only on Fridays – instead of Fridays and Saturdays – until the end of the year, state news agency Petra reported citing Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh.
Khasawneh said businesses can operate until 10 p.m. and public movement will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. as partial nighttime curfews will be extended.
The comprehensive curfew will be implemented on Friday, while the partial nighttime curfew the next day.
Schools, universities, cultural centers and vocational training institutes will continue to operate remotely until the end of the first semester, Petra reported.