Saudi Crown Prince meets President and members of Yemeni Presidential Council

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the president and members of the new Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council on Thursday, expressing the Kingdom’s hope that its establishment would turn a new page in Yemen.

The Crown Prince further stressed Saudi Arabia’s keenness to support the country’s security and stability.

The reception was attended by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Minister of State, Cabinet Member and National Security Advisor, Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Head of State Security, Abdulaziz Al-Huwairini, Head of General Intelligence Khalid bin Ali Al-Humaidan and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber.

Meanwhile, Gulf, Arab and other states on Thursday hailed the Yemeni president’s decision to hand over his powers to the new presidential council, led by Rashad Al-Alimi.

Saudi Arabia welcomed Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s announcement on the launch of the presidential council under the Yemeni constitution and the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms.

In this regard, Saudi Arabia announced urgent support of $3 billion to the Yemeni economy, including $2 billion from the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to support the Central Bank of Yemen and a Saudi subsidy of $1 billion. dollars for petroleum products and development.

Additionally, Riyadh called for an international conference to support Yemen’s economy and said it would donate $300 million to the United Nations aid response to the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia urged the new presidential leadership council to start negotiations with the Houthis, under the supervision of the United Nations, to reach a final and comprehensive political solution including a transition period that will lead Yemen towards peace and development.

In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry welcomed the formation of a new presidential council in Yemen with full presidential powers, saying it hopes such a move will help Yemen complete the transition phase and move forward. towards safety and security.

“Egypt has followed with the greatest interest the formation of the presidential leadership council in the Yemeni republic, with full presidential powers, to carry out the tasks of the transitional phase in Yemen, in accordance with the constitution and the Gulf initiative,” the statement said.

The Jordanian government, for its part, welcomed this new development, expressing its full support for the search for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, based on the approved references, namely the GCC initiative and its executive mechanisms, the Yemen Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

Jordan also welcomed the economic support provided by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support the Yemeni economy, alleviate the suffering of the people and finance the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) announced by the United Nations.

Russia also welcomed the creation of the Yemeni presidential council.

“We hope that the members of the Presidential Leadership Council will do everything in their power to stabilize the situation in Yemen and return this historically friendly country to a peaceful life,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

At the GCC level, Bahrain affirmed its full support for the Yemeni Presidential Council to realize the aspirations of the Yemeni people for security, stability and development, and to end the Yemeni crisis through a comprehensive political solution between the different components. Yemenis.

Kuwait also on Thursday welcomed the decision to form the council, a step in line with the Yemeni constitution and the GCC peace initiative. A statement from the Foreign Ministry expressed the country’s full support for the council’s efforts to achieve stability, peace and security for Yemen and its people.

Similarly, Dr. Nayef Al Hajraf, Secretary General of the GCC, welcomed Hadi’s announcement to complete the implementation of the tasks of the transition period, in accordance with the Yemeni constitution, on the initiative of the GCC and its executive mechanism.

From the Egyptian capital, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit hailed the decision, expressing his hope that the new council would lead the country towards peace.

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Hussein Ibrahim Taha, for his part, said he hoped that this statement would help end the fighting in Yemen and support negotiations between all Yemeni parties.

Kevin E. Boling