GCC renews calls for peaceful resolution of Yemen conflict

The Yemen conflict has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster after displacing over 3 million people. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 02 July 2020

GCC renews calls for peaceful resolution of Yemen conflict

  • Yemen conflict created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster

DUBAI: Nayef Al-Hajarf, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Secretary General, has renewed the group’s call to pursue all efforts for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Yemen.
The pan-Gulf organization official earlier met with United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, where they discussed developmental and humanitarian undertakings for the war-torn country.
Yemen’s drawn-out conflict has resulted to more than 100,000 deaths and created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster after displacing over 3 million people and putting two-thirds of the population reliant on external food assistance to survive.
The international community has accused Iran of fomenting war in Yemen by sending arms shipments to the Houthis, enabling them to sustain their insurrection despite coming under heavy attacks by government and Saudi-led coalition forces.
Experts likewise argue that Iran’s materiel support to the Houthis, who have been fighting the Yemeni government for control of the country for almost six years, likewise enable them to target Saudi Arabia’s territory through armed drones and ballistic missiles.
A dhow intercepted earlier in June off the Yemeni coastal town of Mocha was loaded with hundreds of Iran-made weapons including missiles, sniper rifles and ammunition.


Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

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Egypt PM visits Sudan as Nile dam talks stall

  • The GERD has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011
  • Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies

KHARTOUM: Egypt’s prime minister arrived in Sudan on Saturday on a visit aiming to “improve cooperation” between the two neighbors, officials said, amid tensions over Ethiopia’s Nile dam.
It is Mostafa Madbouli’s first official visit to Sudan since the formation of a transitional government in Khartoum in 2019.
“The aim of this visit is to improve cooperation between the two countries in various fields,” the office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a statement.
Madbouli’s delegation includes Egypt’s ministers of water and irrigation, electricity, health, and trade and industry.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011.
Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.
Talks between the three countries were suspended last week after Addis Ababa insisted on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.
Sudan on Monday said negotiations had been postponed for a week.
During his visit, Madbouli is also expected to meet with General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, council deputy chief and military general.