Chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Council (PLC), Dr. Rashad al-Alimi, held talks in Cairo on Saturday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Egypt is the third leg of his tour of the region.
Talks with Sisi focused on security in the southern Red Sea region, with the president stressing his country’s commitment to supporting the PLC at all levels.
Yemeni politicians stressed the strategic importance of the visit given the joint security records between Egypt and Yemen, the historical relations between them and the political weight of Cairo in the region and in the world.
Alimi noted that Egypt is a member of the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen.
Egypt is home to hundreds of thousands of Yemenis who fled their country following the barbaric crackdown on the opposition by Iran-backed Houthi militias, he added.
Addressing a joint press conference with Sisi, he said the militias want to take Yemen back to the days before the establishment of the national state. They want to take this back to a time when there was no equality, no justice, no rule of law.
He added that the talks with Sisi focused on the latest efforts made by the PLC to improve living conditions in the liberated Yemeni areas.
The talks stressed that they will positively approach all United Nations peace efforts, in coordination with the Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The talks focused on strengthening cooperation between Egypt and Yemen and leveraging Cairo’s expertise in the services sector, including education, health and construction.
He revealed that MoUs will be signed between their countries in the near future.
For his part, Sisi said he supports the PLC in reaching a just and lasting political solution to the crisis that ensures peace and stability in Yemen.
He underscored Egypt’s support for Yemen which stems from the historical relations the countries share.
Egypt is committed to the establishment of a united and independent Yemeni state which will in turn ensure stability in the region and the wider Arab world, he noted.
It supports all efforts aimed at achieving peace in Yemen in accordance with the results of the national dialogue, the Gulf initiative, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and recent consultations held in Riyadh. Sissi continued.
He welcomed the extension of the UN-sponsored national truce for another two months, praising the legitimate government for honoring its commitments under the ceasefire agreement.
He called on all parties to fully commit to the truce so that talks on a comprehensive political solution can be launched in Yemen.
In addition, he said, the talks underscored the need to intensify joint efforts to protect security and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Mandeb Strait and the Persian Gulf.
Yemenis welcomed Alimi’s visit to Egypt.
Media assistant at the Yemeni Embassy in Egypt, Baligh al-Makhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the visit paves the way for a new phase of cooperation between Egypt and Yemen.
The two countries enjoy strong relations and “we hope they will strengthen in the coming phase”, he added.
He was pleased that several issues are on the table and will be addressed when the Joint Senior Committee meets soon.
The committee meetings will have a major impact on strengthening relations, especially with regard to Yemenis living in Egypt, whose numbers have increased after the Houthi coup, he said.
Political analyst Mahmoud al-Taher said the timing of Alimi’s visit is important as he will garner support for the PLC.
In his remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he predicted that Egypt will play a bigger role in Yemen, whether in times of peace or war.