Implementation of Riyadh Agreement praised, raises hopes of ending Yemen conflict

Implementation of Riyadh Agreement praised, raises hopes of ending Yemen conflict
Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour. (File//AFP)
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Updated 19 December 2020

Implementation of Riyadh Agreement praised, raises hopes of ending Yemen conflict

Implementation of Riyadh Agreement praised, raises hopes of ending Yemen conflict
  • UAE said it hoped this step leads to an implementation of a quick political solution to end the unrest in Yemen

DUBAI: Yemen’s anti-Houthi coalition was praised on Saturday after President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi announced the formation of a power-sharing government, in line with the Riyadh Agreement signed with the Southern Transitional Council last year. 

Gulf states, including the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait, welcomed the implementation of the agreement on Saturday and praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts in reaching the deal.

The UAE said it hoped this step leads to an implementation of a quick political solution to end the unrest in Yemen, state news agency WAM.

While Bahrain called it an important step to strengthen and unify Yemeni efforts to confront the Iran-backed Houthi militia and achieve security, peace and stability for the Yemeni people. 

The new government, announced by Hadi on Yemeni state TV late on Friday night, consists of 24 portfolios divided equally between the north and south.

The United Kingdom, which has been heavily involved in the political process in Yemen, also welcomed the formation of the new government and thanked Saudi Arabia’s efforts. 

“This is an important step towards the implementation of the Riyadh agreement between the government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council, and another step towards peace that the Yemenis desperately need,” British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said. 

Britain’s Middle East and North Africa Minister, James Cleverly, echoed the response to the agreement, which he stated needed to “urgently reinstate basic services.” He called for the new cabinet to work with the United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths on “wider political progress” for the Yemen. 

“This is an important step for enhanced stability, improvement of state institutions and increased political partnership”, Griffiths said.

 “It is also a pivotal step towards a lasting political resolution to the conflict in Yemen.”

The envoy noted that more work needed to be done to include Yemeni women in the Cabinet and decision-making posts, especially following the historic precedent that Yemen’s political transition had set through the National Dialogue Conference.


Egypt’s security services bust Muslim Brotherhood network in capital

A house in Downtown Cairo was being used as a center for Muslim Brotherhood activity, under the cover of SITA Studies Company. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
A house in Downtown Cairo was being used as a center for Muslim Brotherhood activity, under the cover of SITA Studies Company. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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Egypt’s security services bust Muslim Brotherhood network in capital

A house in Downtown Cairo was being used as a center for Muslim Brotherhood activity, under the cover of SITA Studies Company. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
  • National Security Sector monitored an apartment in the Bab Al-Luq area that was being used by a Muslim Brotherhood group
  • The network was led by a Turkish man

CAIRO: Egypt’s security services have announced the capture of a Muslim Brotherhood network in downtown Cairo.

The network was led by a Turkish man and prepared negative reports that contained “false and fabricated information about the political, economic, security and human rights situations in Egypt,” according to security forces. 

The information was aimed at tarnishing the country’s image inside and outside the country, with the reports sent to the group’s handlers in Turkey.

An official statement said the National Security Sector monitored an apartment in the Bab Al-Luq area that was being used by a Muslim Brotherhood group to prepare negative reports with Turkey’s support. The house was being used as a center for their activity, under the cover of SITA Studies Company.

The premises were raided and Helmy Moamen Mustafa Bilji, the Turkish financial director of the group, and three other members were arrested. Legal steps are being taken against them.